NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday granted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government four weeks to submit replies in the pleas challenging revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which ensured special status for the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The local Indian media reported that the petitioners had to file responses in one week after the Modi-led government will submit its responses. The five-member bench also granted New Delhi and occupied Kashmir administration to file counter-affidavits on petitions challenging the abrogation of autonomous status of the held-Kashmir.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice NV Ramana allowed the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to file counter-affidavits on petitions challenging scrapping of Article 370.
The petitions have been filed against the communication blackout, illegal detention of children, and restrictions on health facilities in the valley.
The top Indian court will resume the hearing of the case on November 14.
The Indian government on August 5 repealed the special status given to the occupied Kashmir under the constitution’s Article 370 and Section 35 A, and bifurcated the region into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The arbitrary move is feared to spark unrest in the disputed territory, therefore India has imposed an unprecedented clampdown in the valley.
The Modi government’s move reflects its extremist ideology. There are a large number of Indian politicians who share the government’s ideology to further subjugate the people of Kashmir. At the same time, there are some sane voices who have sensible reasons to oppose this.
A group of politicians and other influencers fear that the abrogation of Article 370 will pave the way for the BJP’s dream of making India a Hindutva state to fulfill. They also fear that this may lead to scrapping special rights given to other Indian states such as Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim under Article 371 A to I.