Article 370: SC fixes Nov 14 for hearing on Constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision

The Supreme Court today fixed 14th of November to commence hearing on a batch of petitions challenging Constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Justice N V Ramana has given four weeks’ time to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir Administration to file counter-affidavits on petitions challenging scrapping of Article 370.

The top court refused the plea of petitioners that not more than two weeks be given to the Centre and J&K Administration for this purpose.

The apex court also put embargo on filing of any fresh writ petition challenging Constitutional validity on abrogation of Article 370. The bench said one-week time would be for the petitioners to file their replies to the counter-affidavit that would be filed by the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir Administration within four weeks.

The bench also comprising Justices S K Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, B R Gavai and Surya Kant said they can not decide the matter without getting counter-affidavit by the Centre and the J&K Administration.

The Hindu

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