Ensure bias-free, strong legal position of state government: PDP to Governor

Srinagar

Peoples Democratic Party on Monday has taken strong exception to remarks of the newly appointed ASG, Tushar Mehta, in the case related to Article 35 A and the legal position was taken by him the Apex court.

In a statement issued here, PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said that PDP has times and again raised for retaining as well as empowering the constitutional powers to Jammu & Kashmir and we strongly condemn the remarks made by the leading counsel in the matter. Stating that PDP while in government engaged top legal luminaries to ensure that the state government has a strong legal position while defending Article 35 A, he said that the former Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti periodically reviewed the progress of the case directing the state’s Law Department to file appropriate and crystal clear responsibility to ensure that the sentiments of the people are honored.

Mir said that while the proceedings of the case related to Article 35 A were pending, the power of taking the legal recourse of the state government was transferred directly in the hands of the Governor after the fall of PDP led government and now the Governor of the state was morally bound to ensure that the stand of their newly appointed ASG is in accordance to the will of the people.

Earlier PDP while in government, ensured that country’s top lawyer Fali S Nariman is engaged to defend the state and assisted by the Advocate General, Mir said. Our President Mehbooba Mufti refused to compromise on safeguarding the state’s special status, her bold stand to refuse any compromise on state’s special status and a strong legal position in the Apex court, is what is necessary for the state government to follow today. This makes it evidently clear that what our legal and political position was, the same is today and we advocate a strong legal recourse, we have moved to the Supreme Court.

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