Kashmir Chamber seeks legal opinion regarding validity of recent Union Cabinet orders on JK

Srinagar

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Saturday said that it was seeking legal opinion regarding the orders of Union Cabinet making amendments to the Constitution Application Order of 1954, saying it would be supporting all stakeholders for a joint response.

Kashmir Chamber: the new team elected to office in September 2018- (LtoR) Nasir Hameed Khan, Sheikh Ashiq, Dr Abdul Majid Mir, Farooq Amin, Sheikh Gowhar Ali and Manzoor Ahmad Pakhtoon

A spokesman of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry today in a statement said that taking State Governments concurrence procured through the Governor when the State was under President’s Rule was an attack on the “constitutional guarantees” given to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“In the pursuit of electoral gains, the ruling party had not shied from abusing constitutional positions, without sparing a thought for how ethically or legally valid such actions would be,” said the KCCI spokesman in a statement.

“The KCC&I is seeking legal opinion regarding the validity of the orders and would be supporting all stakeholders in whatever response we may jointly choose to take in this regard,” said the spokesman.

“The applicability of any law in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be forced upon the people, more so when the State is under Presidents Rule. The process adopted thwarts the democratic process. The proposal sent for approval by the Governor’s Government is unconstitutional,” he said.

The KCC&I has noted with concern the unprecedented politicization of the Raj Bhawan and how decisions on issues essentially political in nature are being regularly churned out.

“Apart from the statements issued from time to time, mention needs to be made of handing over of the Ratle Power Project, declaration of Ladakh as a division, changes in Stamp Duty Laws, repealing of the Roshini Act, tinkering with the status of the J&K Bank and other such decisions,” said KCCI spokesman in a statement.

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