Special Status Revocation: PC Moves SC For Early Hearing On Petitions

Srinagar: The J&K People’s Conference said on Monday that it has filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking early hearing on batch of petitions challenging Centre’s August 5 move, even as People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration has also raised a similar demand.

“J&K People’s Conference moves SC, seeks early hearing of a batch of petitions challenging abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of J&K,” the party tweeted on its official handle.

The party said it has made out a very strong prima facie case and the issues raised are under consideration of a Constitution Bench of the apex court.

The party statement further said that notwithstanding the fact that a final hearing on these petitions against abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and abrogation of the state Constitution, and notwithstanding the prevailing coronavirus pandemic conditions, “sweeping changes” were brought about by the Centre that impacted the rights of a large number of people, including dilution of the safeguards earlier available to the permanent residents of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“These changes will have irreparable impact on the rights of Jammu and Kashmir residents, including creation of domicile rights and third-party rights in land ownership,” the statement said.

“The very purpose of the present proceedings will be severely undermined if the present petitions are not heard and disposed of urgently. Suffice it to say that sufferance of the J&K people continues without a full-fledged responsible government. In view of the foregoing, the present petition and the petitions tagged thereto ought to be heard and disposed of urgently as significant changes to the rights of the residents of the erstwhile state have already been brought about by the Centre,” it added.

Meanwhile, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Monday said that People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) seeks early hearing in a batch of petitions challenging the centre decisions of abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A of the constitution of India.

“As decided in the recent meeting of the People’s Alliance we are seeking early hearings in this matter so that the petitions challenging 5th Aug 2019 move forward,” Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.

The PAGD involves seven major mainstream political forces based in Jammu and Kashmir and it took shape last month to fight for the restoration of special status embedded in Article 370 and the resolution of the larger Kashmir issue.

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