Srinagar/New Delhi : The National Conference challenged the President’s order clambering a legal challenge in the Supreme Court on Saturday to the changes made in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) contending that these have taken away rights of its citizens without their mandate.
The petition has been filed by Mohammad Akbar Lone and former Justice Hasnain Masoodi, both Lok Sabha members belonging to the NC. While Lone is former speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, Masoodi is a retired judge of Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The J&K High Court ruled in 2015 that the Article 370 was a permanent feature of the Constitution.
The petitioners have challenged the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 and the Presidential orders that have followed. The petitioners argued that the legislation approved by the Parliament and the orders issued by the President subsequently were “unconstitutional”. The petition prayed for these to be declared as “void and inoperative”.
The petitioners have termed the legislation and the Presidential orders as “illegal and violative” of fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It may be mentioned that the National Conference leader and former Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah has been quite upset over the recent developments regarding the status of Jammu and Kashmir.