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5-judge Constitution bench to hear pleas challenging Article 370 abrogation; Yechury allowed to visit Kashmir

The Supreme Court on Wednesday referred all the petitions challenging the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370 to a five-judge Constitution bench. The top court has also issued notices to Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the pleas against scrapping of Article 370.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 28, 2019 19:44 IST
SC to hear batch of pleas on scrapping of Article 370,

SC to hear batch of pleas on scrapping of Article 370, related issues on Wednesday

The Supreme Court on Wednesday referred all the petitions challenging the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370 to a five-judge Constitution bench. The top court has also issued notices to Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the pleas against scrapping of Article 370.  Meanwhile, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit his ailing friend and party colleague Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami in the state. The top court, however, warned Yechury to not use his visit for any political purpose. The bench said if Yechury indulges in any political activities, authorities are free to report them to the apex court. Here are the highlights of the Supreme Court hearing:

Supreme Court refers matter to 5-judge Constitution bench

The matter has been referred to a five-judge Constitution bench which will examine the legal challenge against the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370. The attorney general said whatever was being said by the court was sent before the United Nations (UN). As the counsel appearing for both sides were involved in arguments and counter-arguments, the bench said, "We know what to do, we have passed the order, we are not going to change." It also said all the matters would be listed for hearing in the first week of October.

Top court issues notices to Centre, J&K

The Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration. The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was not in agreement with the Centre that there was no need for issuance of notice in the matter as Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General were marking their presence in the court. Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration were issued notices on the plea seeking removal of restrictions imposed on journalists. The bench issued notice on the plea filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times. The bench asked the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration to file their responses on Bhasin's plea within seven days. 

Supreme Court allows Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir

The top court, during hearing, allowed CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague anf former MLA Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami in the state. The bench, however, warned Yechury to not use the visit for any political purpose. The bench said if Yechury indulges in any political activities, authorities are free to report them to the apex court. 

"Why do you have any difficulty if a citizen of this country wants to go there and meet his friend and party colleague?," a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was opposing Yechury's visit to the state.

"If a citizen wants to go to a part of his country, he is entitled to go," the bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, said. The court said this after Mehta said Yechury's visit might affect the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the issue might become political. Read Full Story

SC allows Jamia student to visit parents in Anantnag

The Supreme Court also allowed a Law student from Jamia Millia Islamia University to visit his parents in Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir. The top court also directed the police to provide him security during his visit, and asked the student Mohd Aleem Syed to file an affidavit after visiting his parents. Read Full Story

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