Article 35 A Hearing: SC Gives Union, J&K Govts Four Weeks to File Affidavits



Supreme Court of India Monday gave four weeks’ time to Union and J&K governments to file affidavits in the Article 35 (A) case.

The next date of hearing has been fixed in November 04 this year, sources said.

Pertinently, Jammu Kashmir Study Centre (JKSC), a think-tank close to RSS, claims the act [Article 35 A] allows J&K to grant special privileges and rights to its permanent residents but denies the same to several others who too have genuine claims.

Article 35 A was added in the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954. But it is against the basic structure of Constitution, which even Parliament cannot amend,” Ashutosh Bhatnagar, JKSC Director was quoted saying last month. “So this article is unconstitutional, which was added without taking Parliament into confidence.”

A Delhi-based NGO, We The Citizens had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court challenging the inclusion of Article 35-A in the Constitution of India.

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