Review petitions filed against Supreme Court’s verdict on Article 370

SRINAGAR — Petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a review of its judgment, which upheld the validity of the Union government’s 2019 decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution, which conferred the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Doctor Hussain, president of the J&K People’s Movement, and Muzaffar Shah, president of the J&K Awami National Conference, told ANI that they have filed review petitions in the Supreme Court.

“Article 370 cannot be killed. We have filed a review petition against the SC’s judgment on Article 370. We will debate it in court,” Muzaffar Shah told ANI.

Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami of CPI (M), the National Conference, Advocate Muzaffar Iqbal and the PDP have also filed review petitions.

The top court had earlier backed the Union government’s move saying that Article 370 was a temporary provision and removing it was constitutionally valid.

“The proclamation of Maharaja stated that the Constitution of India will supersede. With this, the para of Instrument of Accession ceases to exist… Article 370 was an interim arrangement due to war conditions in the State. Textual reading also indicates that Article 370 is a temporary provision,” Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud had said.

The SC bench had also ordered the Election Commission to hold Assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir by September 30, 2024.

The petitioners had challenged the 2019 revocation of the special status granted to J&K and the subsequent reorganisation of the erstwhile state into two union territories by parliamentary procedure on several grounds.

They had argued that Article 370 was no longer a “temporary provision” and that it had assumed permanence post the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir.

On August 5, 2019, the central government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370 and split the region into two Union territories—Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. — (ANI)