The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre, stating that a five-judge Constitution Bench will hear all the petitions related to Article 370 revocation in the first week of October.
The court also asked the Centre to respond in seven days to a plea seeking a direction for relaxing restrictions on internet and other communication channels in J&K. The court sent a notice to Centre on a bunch of pleas today.
Besides challenging the constitutionality of the Modi government’s move on Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh respectively, the petitioners also sought the removal of restrictions in the state. There has been a communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir.
The petitioners who have challenged scrapping of special status under Article 370 include advocate ML Sharma, bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal, former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid, and Radha Kumar, the former interlocutor in Jammu and Kashmir.
But the Supreme Court bench, also comprising of Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer did not agree with the suggestion. They said that the matter will be reviewed to a five-judge constitution bench said SC sending notice to the centre. The Presidential Order will come into effect on October 31.