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Supreme Court to hear pleas against Article 370 today

New Delhi | The Supreme Court will hear around petitions related to the scrapping of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, today.

Most of them challenging the Centre’s decision revoking Article 370 while several others are challenging the current lockdown and curfew.

The pleas will be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

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The bench will hear Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury’s habeas corpus petition, in which, he has challenged the detention of Kashmir politician and party general secretary Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami.

Another plea is of Tehseen Poonawalla, a social activist, who has raised the issue of lockdown in the region as amounting to suspension of Article 19 (freedom of speech) and 21 (personal liberty) of the Constitution.

The plea said, “The actions taken by Union of India pertains to gross abuse of its powers under law, whereby the people of J&K are suffering on account of unwarranted imposition of undeclared curfew and further emergency-like restrictions are being imposed under the garb of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.”

National Conference leader Mohammad Akbar Lone has said the right to autonomous self-government within a federal framework is an essential fundamental right, which the government has taken away “without proper lawful procedure”.

Shah Faesal, an independent politician and former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir in a joint petition with activist Shehla Rashid has challenged the Centre’s move to scrap Article 370.

Other petitioners include advocate M.L. Sharma, Shakir Shabir and Soyaib Qureshi. A plea of Executive Editor of Kashmir Times Anuradha Bhasin seeking direction to relax movement of media personnel as well as photojournalists for free reporting on the situation will also be heard on Wednesday.

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