After the Dussehra holiday, the Supreme Court announced that it will schedule the hearing of a number of cases contesting the repeal of Article 370 and the division of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories.
The court, presided over by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, stated, “We will definitely list it after the Dussehra holiday.” Dussehra is observed between October 3 and October 9.
The attorney informed the bench that the subject has remained unresolved for a year while putting it on the urgent list. Former Chief Justice of India NV Ramana had already said that he would attempt to file a number of applications in July that would contest the legality of the decision to repeal Article 370.
The constitutionality of the statute repealing Article 370 of the constitution, granting Jammu and Kashmir special status, and dividing the state into two Union Territories is being contested in a number of challenges currently pending before the Supreme Court.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, was later the subject of various petitions filed in opposition to the government’s delimitation decision.
These petitions claimed that the Center is enacting significant reforms that have an influence on a lot of people’s rights.
The central government has made certain irrevocable decisions despite the petition being pending before the Supreme Court since 2019, according to the petitions.
According to the petitions, before an assembly election can be placed, the Center established a delimitation panel to draw borders around the entire region for each constituency.
Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 would be revoked, and the area will be divided into two Union territories, the Central government declared on August 5, 2019.
A five-judge panel in March 2020 rejected to send a group of petitions contesting the constitutionality of the Center’s decision to repeal the provisions of Article 370 on August 5 to a larger 7-judge bench, stating that there were no good grounds for doing so.
A number of petitions contesting the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which divides Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — have been filed in the highest court by private citizens, attorneys, activists, politicians, and political parties.