The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned hearing of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Article 35-A that gives special rights and privileges to people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The next date of hearing is on August 27. The matter was to be heard by a three-judge bench. Since Justice DY Chandrachud was not present, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said a two-judge can’t hear it.
Article 35A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir to acquire any immovable property in the state and gives special privileges to residents in jobs and scholarships.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has warned that fiddling with J&Ks special status will have catastrophic ramifications for the entire country. “Today people cutting across party lines & other affiliations are united in their fight against any dilution of Article 35 A. My father took great pride in the special status that J&K enjoys under Article 370. He would often mention that while people of the state have made great sacrifices for larger goals, we need to safeguard what we already have,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile, Omar Abdulla said “protecting Article35A is a tacit acceptance that J&K’s future lies within the Constitution of India otherwise how would it matter if it were struck down or diluted?.”
The day also saw a bandh in Jammu and Kashmir in support of Article 35A. The remained deserted, markets were closed and public transport was off the road.