Indian Supreme Court admits plea challenging Article 370

Aug 20th, 2014 | Category: Kashmir News

The Indian Supreme Court has issued a notice to the government of India on a plea challenging the provisions of Article 370, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The plea, filed by a Delhi-based NGO, asked that why a law passed by the so-called Kashmir Assembly deprived people from India of acquiring immovable assets or seek employment in the occupied territory.

The plea also questioned the inability to challenge any law made by the Kashmir Assembly even if it was unconstitutional.

Revocation of Article 370 has been a long-standing demand of the Hindu extremist groups including the ruling BJP.

Meanwhile, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh, Justice Vinod Gupta, speaking at a seminar on ‘Relevance of Article 370’ organised in New Delhi by Forum for Integrated National Security – an outfit of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – strongly advocated abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

“Government should seriously debate on how to get rid of this Constitutional provision,” he said.

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