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“You Are Suggesting SC Has Surrendered Its Independence”: Omar Abdullah Hits Back At RS Prasad

Mr Abdullah reminded Mr Prasad that India’s judiciary was independent and asked him not to presume what judges will decide. 

Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference leader took a swipe at Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today over comments on the restoration of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Abdullah reminded Mr Prasad that India’s judiciary was independent and asked him not to presume what judges will decide.

“Dear Ravi Shankar Prasadji, we don’t expect you to restore anything but unless you are suggesting the Supreme Court has surrendered its independence and takes dictation from you please don’t presume to know what the honourable judges will decide,” Mr Abdullah wrote in a tweet today.

Earlier on Saturday, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had responded to PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s call for a renewed push against the central government on Article 370 and other issues relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Prasad, calling Ms Mufti’s comments about the national flag “downright denunciation”, clarified that special status would not be restored to the region.

Mr Prasad also said that special status to J&K was revoked after a proper constitutional process.

The special status of Jammu and Kashmir was removed in August last year and followed by the prolonged detention of political leaders in the region, as well as a massive security blanket to prevent backlash and protests.

Earlier in a scathing attack on centre, Ms Mufti called them “robbers” who had stolen constitutionally-guaranteed rights. Ms Mufti also said her party would not “abandon the constitutional battle” to reclaim special status that had been withdrawn by the centre.

She also said she would not raise the national flag until Jammu and Kashmir’s flag, constitution and status (as under Article 370) were restored.

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