3 Ladakh Residents Move SC Challenging Art-370 Abrogation

SRINAGAR: Three Ladakh residents have moved the Supreme Court challenging the abrogation of Article 370. Qamar Ali Akhoon, Asgar Ali Karbalai and Sajjad Hussain, who are also the permanent residents of the Union Territory of Ladakh, filed an application for impleadment in the already-pending cases challenging the 2019 presidential orders and amendment.

The plea says the residents are aggrieved by the "chilling effect" of the "impugned" act, which has extinguished a "state" which thus overrides the constitutional scheme.

The applicants have sought an impleadment in the plea filed by Lok Sabha MP Mohammad Akbar Lone and Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi.

Separation of the union territory of Ladakh, which due to its terrain and climatic conditions, is dependent on the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, has gravely affected the residents.

A report in LiveLaw.in said that the plea mentioned: "The Impugned Presidential Orders along with the Impugned Reorganization Act have eroded the legislative and executive organs and have denied the Constitutional rights of the inhabitants of the State of Jammu and Kashmir including the Inhabitants of the region which is now the Union Territory of Ladakh,"

The applicants have alleged that the inhabitants have been left at the mercy of administrators who do not possess the mandate of inhabitants of the region.

The applicants state that while exercising the power under section 96 of the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019, amendments to various laws applicable in Jammu and Kashmir have been carried out without any express approval or sanction of the people.

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