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Supreme Court admits plea challenging special status of Jammu and Kashmir

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The Supreme Court of India Tuesday admitted a plea challenging the legality of Article 370, India Today reported.

The report says that the plea argued that “Article 370 has lapsed and urged that the separate constitution of Jammu and Kashmir be declared illegal.”

“The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre, seeking response to the plea,” the report said.

The plea challenges the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.

The plea in Supreme Court comes at a time when a debate on Article 35A of the Constitution, which entitles the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to define Permanent Residents of the state, is brewing in political circles.

On Monday, the three time chief minsiter of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah warned of a public uprising in Jammu and Kashmir if Article 35-A that confers powers on J&K legislature to define state’s permanent residents is abrogated.

“When it will come to scrapping the Article, you will see this mass of people rising. Don’t forget when Amarnath land row thing happened, people rose overnight. This Article 35-A will be far greater a revolt and I wonder whether they (government of India) will be able to contain it,” Abdullah had told reporters after chairing a meeting of opposition parties here.

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