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SCI Defers Article 370 Kashmir Cases to Nov 14, Puts Embargo on Filing of Fresh Petitions

October 1, 2019 | By

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India today fixed November 14 to commence hearing on petitions challenging constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 that gave special political status to Jammu and Kashmir.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice N V Ramana allowed the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to file counter-affidavits on petitions challenging scrapping of Article 370.

Indian court also refused the plea of petitioners that not more than 2 weeks be given to the Centre and J&K administration for filing counter-affidavits.

Meanwhile, Kashmir remains under strict lockdown and communication blackout imposed by Indian administration since August 5.

The court also put embargo on filing of any fresh writ petition challenging constitutional validity on abrogation of Article 370.

The SCI 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.

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