SC to hear plea challenging constitutional validity of Article 370 in April

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court adjourned the hearing on a plea challenging the validity of Article 370 of the Constitution till April 2019, following a request by the state and the Centre.  The Centre had asked for the adjournment saying the current situation is very sensitive in the state.

Supreme Court bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah posted the matter for further hearing in first week of April, 2019.Earlier, all major regional parties boycotted the Jammu & Kashmir local body polls over the matter.

Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, sought adjournment on the ground that the current situation is very sensitive. Senior advocates appearing for Jammu & Kashmir Rakesh Dwivedi and advocate Shoeb Alam told the bench that a letter is being circulated seeking adjournment due to the nine-phase local body polls in the troubled state.

Article 35A provides constitutional protection to Jammu and Kashmir’s special status while Article 370 bestows autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir.

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