Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi today issued a notice to the Indian government headed by PM Narendra Modi to file its response to the petitions that challenge the scrapping of Article 370 as well as restrictions on the media in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).
The top court while deciding on a bunch of petitions about the abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to J&K also said that the petitions will be heard by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court in early October.
The court rejected the plea of the government lawyer Tushar Mehta who had appealed that the court should not issue a formal notice to the government. Mehta had argued that the court notice would have “cross-border repercussions” and was likely to be misused.
However, Chief Justice Gogoi rejected Mehta’s argument with a strong assertion that the court will not change its order about issuing the notice to the government.
The petitions in the Supreme Court have challenged Parliament’s decision to revoke Article 370 on August 5. The government’s decision also included the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh which are supposed to function from October 31.
The Modi government’s annexation of Kashmir is being viewed as a unilateral, authoritarian move, which is expected to make Kashmir a veritable inferno because most people of Kashmir do not want to live under Indian rule.
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