New Delhi : The Supreme Court of India set up a 5-judge constitution Bench, headed by Justice N V Raman, to hear a batch of pleas challenging Centre’s move on removal of special status to Jammu & Kashmir from the beginning of the next month. The Bench will examine the constitutional validity of the scrapping of the Article’s provisions and the subsequent Presidential orders regarding Article 370.
Several petitions have been filed challenging the Centre’s decision abrogating the Article 370 provisions and bifurcating the State into Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh, which will come into being on October 31. Among the petitioners were the National Conference, the Sajjad Lone-led People’s Conference and several other individuals, including advocate M L Sharma.
It is worthy of mentioning that in August, a Bench headed by Chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had said the larger Bench will commence hearing on the issue in the first week of October.
Besides the Bench for hearing Article 370 matters, the apex court has also constituted a three-judge Bench for hearing matters on capital punishment and two other benches to hear tax matters comprising two judges each.