KC News Desk
The Supreme Court on Tuesday called for day-to-day hearings from August 2 of a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution, which had given special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Hearing to commence on August 2 at 10.30 am and then proceed on day to day basis,” the apex court said in its order.
During the hearing, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said that the Centre’s latest affidavit, regarding the present status of Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of its special status, would not have any bearing on the constitutional issues raised in the petitions “and shall not be relied upon for that purpose”.
In its affidavit, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that they have “brought unprecedented development, progress, security and stability to the region, which was often missing during the old Article 370 regime” and that this is “testament to the fact that Parliamentary wisdom…” was “exercised prudently”.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the Centre’s affidavit merely reflects the present situation and no rejoinder was necessary, Live Law reported.
Pertinently, Shah Faesal and Shehla Rashid inform the Supreme Court today through their lawyer that they do not want to be part of the petitions challenging the dilution of Article 370. Supreme Court deletes their names from the array of parties. The case is renamed as “In Re: Article 370”, as reported by Live Law.