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Supreme Court to hear more than 20 petitions relating to abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir

The petitioners include Kashmir Times editor Anuradha Bhasin, Sameer Kaul, Sitaram Yechury, child rights protection activist Inakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha.

 

New Delhi|┬áThe Supreme Court will today hear more than 20 petitions challenging the govt’s decision of abrogating Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. These petitions challenge the legality of neutralizing Article 370, restrictions imposed on journalists and the Valley. Earlier on Monday, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi submitted more than 20 petitions to the Constitution Bench. The Constitution Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana comprises Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice R Subhash Reddy, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Suryakant.

The petitioners include Kashmir Times editor Anuradha Bhasin, Sameer Kaul, Sitaram Yechury, child rights protection activist Inakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha. On the other hand, the court dismissed the plea seeking the release of former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah.

Issues like communication service, child rights also in petitions

The issue of internet and phone services coming to a standstill and banning people has been raised in the petition of Kashmir Times editor Anuradha Bhasin. 15 people including National Conference leader Akbar Lone, former High Court Justice Hasnain Masoodi, former IAS Shah Faizal, social activist Shehla Rashid, lawyer ML Sharma have challenged the removal of Article -370 and the constitutional validity of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019.

The first chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights, Professor Shanta Sinha, social activist Inakshi Ganguly has raised the issue of custody of children. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury has alleged that a leader of his party has been taken, hostage. They should be freed.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had filed a petition seeking restrictions on people in Jammu and Kashmir and permission to go there.

 

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