Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

SRINAGAR — The Supreme Court (SC) will hear a batch of petitions challenging the law used to scrap Article 370 after the summer holidays. Article 370, which gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir, was scrapped in 2019 by the Central government as J&K was split into two union territories.

On Monday, senior advocate Shekhar Naphde mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana. He said it is urgent as the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir has started.

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To this, the Chief Justice of India responded, “It’s a five-judge bench matter. I will have to ask the other judges as some retirements are also due to take place. We shall see after vacations.”

Several petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which splits J-K into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — were referred to a Constitution Bench headed by Justice N V Ramana in 2019 by the then CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

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