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Article 35A hearing

Supreme Court to hear Petition at 11: 30 today


KNS

Srinagar, Aug 31 (KNS): The Supreme Court is likely to hear clubbed petitions, challenging the validity of Article 35-A that guarantees the special state subject rights to J&K Citizens at 11. 30 today even as several applications have been filed for intervention.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has sought an adjournment of the hearing till the panchayat polls are held in October.
“The matter is listed for hearing on today before a bench at 11 .30,” sources told KNS.
It is to mention here that The J&K Government on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court seeking adjournment of the August 31 hearing on the petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution, citing upcoming local elections in the state.
In the letter, which was circulated on Wednesday by J&K’s Standing Counsel M Shoeb Alam before the Registrar, Supreme Court of India, adjournment has been sought on account of the ongoing preparations for the upcoming panchayat and municipal elections in the state.
“The undersigned will be seeking an adjournment in the aforementioned matter on August 31, 2018, on account of the ongoing preparations for the upcoming panchayat and municipal elections in the state. This letter may kindly be circulated to the honourable judges so as to avoid any inconvenience to them in reading their briefs,” the letter had said.
On August 3, when NN Vohra headed the state administration as the Governor, a similar letter was addressed to the Registrar by the Standing Counsel seeking an adjournment in the five petitions that were scheduled to be heard on August 6 on similar grounds.
Article 35 A of the Constitution, which provides protection to the hereditary state subject law, gives the J&K Legislature the power to decide who are permanent residents of the state. (KNS)