Supreme Court would hear a PIL challenging the validity of Article 35A that restricts people from outside Jammu and Kashmir from acquiring any immovable property within the state.
The life in Kashmir has moved to a different track altogether because of a complete shutdown called by the Separatists who stood against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court on the validation of Article 35A, that restricts people who belong outside Jammu and Kashmir to acquire any immovable property in the state.
Officials claimed that “The situation across the valley is peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere so far.”
Strike and Reasons
After the two-day strike called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), the Supreme Court would hear a PIL challenging the validity of the Article 35A today.
The state government informed that it is going to seek an adjournment of the hearing of the petition in the view of “ongoing preparations for the upcoming Panchayat and urban local body and municipal elections in the state”.
The organizations such as – Bar Association, Transporters, and traders’ bodies have supported the shutdown call of the JRL including, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
Yesterday, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted – “By observing an exemplary protest strike today, people of J&K have sent a clear message to GOI that their agenda to change the demographic character of the state and its disputed nature will not be tolerated. Tomorrow’s protest strike will send a sterner message of people’s…”
Chief Justice Dipak Misra says that Article 35A has been in vogue for more than 60 years. “An argument about the strike by lawyers can’t now be a ground to speed up the case,” he says.
Article 35A has been categorized as a three-judge bench case but it has been observed that the Justice DY Chandrachud is not available on the bench as of yet. Chief Justice Dipak Misra said – “Only a three-judge bench can consider this case. We can’t hear it in one day”. The petition has sought that the Article 35A, which gives special status to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
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