Prashant Mishra, Aasif Suhaf: August 31, New Delhi: The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing on the constitutional validity of the Article 35A relating to the special rights and privileges enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir, till January 2019.
Supreme Court has deferred hearing on Article 35A, next hearing on 19 January, 2019, informed Supreme Court Advocate Varun Kumar.
Tushar Mehta representing J&K submitted before Supreme Court, "All the security agencies are engaged in the preparation of the local body elections in the state."AG KK Venugopal appearing for Centre told SC,"Let local body elections finish in a peaceful manner."The government of India argued before SC that the hearing should be postponed till Panchayat elections are over as there may be law and order problem in J&K. Court agreed that it will hear the petitions after Panchayat elections are over.
The contentious issue has brought life in Kashmir to a standstill due to a complete shutdown in the state called by separatists.The petition filed by an NGO claims that Article 35A is illegal as it was added to the Constitution without being presented before the Parliament.Supreme Court lawyer Charu Wali Khanna, who has filed another petition challenging the said Article, claims it is also discriminatory against women.