A 5 judge Constitution Bench will hear petitions related to the abrogation of Article 370 in October; the Supreme Court told today while hearing pleas against the revocation of special status in J&K. The top court also issued notices to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration on the appeals.
“We know what to do, we have passed the order, we are not going to change,” the bench said, as the Centre disputed that there was no need for issuance of notice in the matter as Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General were present in court.
The NAMO government has formed a group of ministers (GoM) for issues related to Jammu & Kashmir, of which Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister for the PMO Jitendra Singh are part. The GoM will suggest various development, economic and social steps to be taken for the two UTs which will come into existence on October 31.
Rahul Gandhi’s tweets saying.
I disagree with this Govt. on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue & there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 28, 2019
Replying to a tweet by former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, senior party leader, and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor clarified
Spot on, Chief! This is what @INCIndia has insisted all along: J&K is an integral part of India; we opposed the manner in which Art.370 was abrogated because the way it was done assaulted our Constitution& democratic values. No reason for Pak to draw any comfort from our stand https://t.co/iI8HZ6sopU
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 28, 2019
The appeals before the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi included a “habeas corpus” petition by Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, in which he challenged the detention of Kashmir politician and party general secretary Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami. Another plea is of Tehseen Poonawalla, a social activist, who has raised the issue of lockdown in the region as amounting to suspension of Article 19 (freedom of speech) and 21 (personal liberty) of the Constitution.
The plea said, “The actions taken by Union of India pertains to gross abuse of its powers under the law, whereby the people of J&K are suffering on account of unwarranted imposition of undeclared curfew and further emergency-like restrictions are being imposed under the garb of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.”
Another petition filed by National Conference leader Mohammad Akbar Lone, who has cited ‘Swaraj’ or self-governance, said the right to autonomous self-government within a federal framework is an essential fundamental right. These valuable rights have been taken away without the “procedure established by law” in a manner that violates every canon of Constitutional morality.
He said Article 370 was widely considered and carefully drafted to ensure peaceful and democratic accession of the formerly princely state of Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian Union, drawing out the significance of Article 370, which defines and regulates the relationship between J&K and the Union of India.
Some Central government officials have visited Srinagar while more senior officials are anticipated to visit the Valley in the coming weeks.
The Central government will also help the Jammu and Kashmir administration in executing the 85 development schemes proclaimed by Governor Satya Pal Malik.