Jammu and Kashmir: SC refuses to hear fresh petition challenging Article 370

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday refused to entertain a fresh petition on Article 370, that gives special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Ajay Rastogi asked the petitioner to file an application for impleadment in the pending matters.

Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said they will hear the matter in the first week of April 2019 after Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, sought adjournment on the grounds that the current situation is very sensitive. “We have heard the petitioner. The issues raised in the petition are part of the petitions pending,” said the bench.

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi and advocate Shoeb Alam, appearing for Jammu and Kashmir said that a letter has been circulated seeking adjournment due to the ongoing nine-phase Panchayat polls in the state.

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