National Conference Moves SC Over President’s Order Revoking Article 370

Indian security forces personnel stand guard next to concertina wire laid across a road in Srinagar during the security clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir. — Reuters

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NEW DELHI — The National Conference, led by former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, moved the Supreme Court on Saturday challenging the President’s order on revoking provisions of Article 370 which grant Jammu and Kashmir special status, PTI reports.

The petition has been filed by National Conference MPs Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi as Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti and over 400 political leaders are under arrest.

Abdullah was arrested hours after the government notified Parliament on its decision to revoke special status to the state and bifurcate it into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Former CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone were also arrested.

In its petition, National Conference also sought direction from the apex court to declare the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which was ratified by Parliament on Wednesday, as “unconstitutional, void and inoperative”.

Meanwhile, a Kashmiri lawyer Shakir Shabir has also moved the Supreme Court challenging the Presidential order that revoked Article 370.

“The decision was taken unilaterally by the Executive, without any consultation with the Legislative Assembly of the state,” argued the petition.


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