Supreme Court forms a five-judge constitution bench to hear pleas against scrapping of Article 370

ranjan gogoi, scrapping of article 370
File image of present situation in Jammu & Kashmir
ranjan gogoi, scrapping of article 370
File image of the present situation in Jammu & Kashmir

The supreme court of India has decided to examine the pleas launched against the center’s decision to scrap article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir. Judiciary system of India has handed the responsibility of this delicate issue to a five-judge constitution bench.

The highest court of India issued notices to both the center and Jammu & Kashmir administration on the grounds of pleas registered against presidential order, on the basis of which the special status from Jammu & Kashmir was revoked.

The bench chaired by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was not in the same boat with the Centre that issuance of notice was not necessary for this matter as Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General were also present in the court.

“We will refer the matter to a five-judge Constitution bench”, the bench which also includes justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer said to the media while not accommodating the arguments that the issuance of notice in this matter will necessarily have a “cross-border repercussion”.

The Attorney General said everything discussed in the court will be presented before the United Nations. As the counsel appearing for both sides got involved in arguments, the bench said, “We know what to do, we have passed the order, we are not going to change”.

The first petition was filed by an advocate ML Sharma, who later got supported by another lawyer from Jammu and Kashmir, going by the name of Shakir Shabir.

Some other petitions challenging the government’s decision to revoke Article 370 included a plea registered by a group of former defense officers and bureaucrats, who have sought explanations stating the presidential orders of August 5 as “unconstitutional, void and inoperative”.



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