New Delhi, February 16, 2019 (PPI-OT): The Supreme Court of India is scheduled to hear between February 19 and 21st of this month the petitions challenging Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution that grants special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
The case will be heard by three judges – Chief Justice Ranhan Gogoi and Justices, Nageswara Rao and Sanjeev Khanna. The court has cautioned the advocates to not seek adjournment in matters listed before the bench. “It will be appreciated if the advocates on record do not seek adjournment in the matters listed before all the courts in the cause list,” the court said on Friday.
The apex didn’t hear the case on February 13 and 14 even though it was scheduled to be heard. Also, the administration of occupied Kashmir had moved an application for adjournment on the grounds that there was no elected government in place in the occupied territory.
The Article 35-A gives special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and debars non-Kashmiris from purchasing property, get government jobs and cast vote in the so-called elections in the occupied territory. The main petition demanding to abrogate the Article 35-A was filed before the apex court in 2014 by Delhi-based NGO ‘We the Citizens’. Later, a few more petitions were filed to repeal the provision.
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