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Apex court rejects urgent plea seeking quashing of order abrogating Article 370

Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an early hearing of an appeal which sought for quashing the government’s order of abrogating Article 370.

Centre on Wednesday issued a notification declaring that Article 370 will now cease to operate in Jammu and Kashmir. Lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma moved the appeal in court seeking the early intervention of the apex court in the matter.

He urged the court to hear the case at earliest on the fact that if Pakistan raises any objection regarding the matter in the United Nations, then the situation will not wait for amendments. The Lawyer termed the gazette notification as ‘unconstitutional’.

The case was heard by a two-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice N V Ramana and Justice Ajay Rastogi. The Bench refused and told that it is not inclined to give an early hearing to this petition.

Earlier, the Supreme Court also declined an early hearing of the petition seeking to lift the ongoing curfew in Jammu and Kashmir. Currently, Jammu and Kashmir region is witnessing massive internet shutdown, blocking of phone lines, restrictions on vehicular movements and etc. The Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana referred the matter to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The petition was filed by an activist Tehseen Poonawalla. He also sought an early release of political leaders who are under arrest under the heavy political tension. He told ANI, “I support the abrogation of Article 370, but Article 21 of the Constitution can never be suspended no matter what is the emergency.”People should be given food and medical care. That is their fundamental right. Basic communication should be there so that people can go anywhere.”


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