Article 35-A: Supreme Cour To Hear Petitions At 2 PM Today


7 applications filed for intervention, 4 of them in last 10 days alone  

SRINAGAR — The Supreme Court will hear five clubbed petitions, challenging the validity of Article 35-A of the Constitution, at 2 p.m. on Monday even as seven applications have been filed for intervention all and four of them have been filed in last ten days alone. 

The Jammu and Kashmir has sought an adjournment of the August 6 hearing through its standing counsel for the state in the apex court M Shoeb Alam, 

The matter is listed for hearing on Monday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

 “Let the matter be listed at 2.00 p.m. on 6.8.2018. Pleadings from all angles shall be completed in the meantime,” the apex court bench had ordered on May 5, as per the Apex Court Registry’s report revealed on Saturday.

The registry said advocate Sushma Suri on 26 September 2014 appeared on behalf of   Ministry of   Home Affairs but Counter Affidavit has not been filed so far.

Meanwhile, Kashmir High   Court   Bar Association through its   General Secretary   Ghulam   Nabi Shaheen, J&K   National  Conference through its   Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Jammu & Kashmir Awami National Conference through Sr. Vice President Muzaffar Shah Dr. Bashir Ahmad Shah and Mir Javed Ahmad & others filed applications for intervention.

Article 35-A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and denies property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state.

The provision, which leads such women from the state to forfeit their right over property, also applies to their heirs.

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