Petitioner seeks early hearing on 370 abrogation
A petitioner who has challenged Presidential Orders nullifying Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcation of J&K into two UTs has moved the Supreme Court seeking early hearing of the matter, saying the people of the erstwhile state are suffering.
Shakir Shabir, who filed a petition against the nullification of Article 370 in the SC last year, expressed the apprehension that mere passage of time can render the abrogation of Article 370 permanent, making the petitions infructuous.
He pointed out that since the promulgation of the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 amending Article 367 of the Constitution of India and abrogating Article 370 on August 5, 2019, several laws had been passed, effecting key changes in J&K.
The Supreme Court had on August 28, 2019 referred petitions challenging Presidential Orders nullifying Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcation of J&K into two union territories to a five-judge Constitution Bench.