The PTI quoting official sources reported that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has set up a constitutional bench to hear the petitions challenging the Presidential Orders under Article 370 which revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. A constitutional bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Sanjay Kishen Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, B R Gavai and Surya Kant to hear petitions from October 1.
While considering as many as fifteen petitions challenging Presidential Orders the bench of CJI Gogoi, Justice Bobde and Justice Abdul Nazeer referred them to constitutional bench on August 28.
Some of the petitioners are National Conference leaders Mohammed Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi (who is a former judge of J&K High Court), former IAS officer and J&K politician Shah Faesel, activist Shehla Rashid, Kashmiri lawyer Shakir Shabir, Advocate M L Sharma.
Some of the petitions also challenge the constitutional validity of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019, which bifurcated the state into Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
President Ram Nath Kovind issued an order on August 5 under Article 370(3) of the Constitution had the effect of nullifying Article 35A of the Constitution and making the provisions of Indian Constitution applicable to Jammu and Kashmir. Followed by another order passed on August 6, which say Article 370 to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
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