SC refers pleas against abrogation of Art 370 to Constitution bench

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court of India (SC) on August 28 referred petitions challenging the constitutional validity of abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories (UTs), to the Constitution bench.The petitions will be heard by a five-judge Constitutional bench in the first week of October. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi did not agree with the Centre that there was no need for issuing notices in the matter as Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta were marking their presence in the court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”We will refer the matter to a five-judge Constitution bench,” said the bench while not accepting the argument that the notices would have a “cross-border repercussion”. The bench also comprised Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer. The Attorney General said whatever was being said by the court was sent before the United Nations (UN). Meanwhile, days after Rahul Gandhi was stopped from entering Jammu and Kashmir over the tense situation after the revocation of Article 370, he said no country, including Pakistan, could interfere in India’s internal issue. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”I disagree with this government on many issues. But, let me make this clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it,” tweeted the former Congress chief. Reacting sharply to this, senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar demanded an apology from Gandhi and the main Opposition party while describing the former Congress chief’s remarks as “most irresponsible politics” the country has witnessed. “He has made a complete U-turn, not due to his own will but due to circumstances and public pressure,” Javadekar said. The Congress leader’s allegations about violence in Kashmir were wrong, he said, adding that it was made due to that party’s “vote bank” politics. Gandhi has been attacking the government over the Kashmir situation and had said last week that the Opposition and the press got a taste of the “draconian administration” and “brute force” unleashed on the people there when they tried to visit Srinagar.last_img

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