SC Refers Article 370 Petitions To 5-Judge Bench For October Hearing

New Delhi: Petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 will be heard by a five-judge Constitution Bench in October, the Supreme Court said today while hearing pleas against the repeal of special status in Jammu and Kashmir.

The apex court also issued notices to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration on the pleas. “We know what to do, we have passed the order, we are not going to change,” the bench said, as the Centre contended that there was no need for issuance of notice in the matter as Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General were present in court.

The Supreme Court also allowed CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague and former MLA Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami in the state.

The CJI-led bench, however, directed Yechury to only meet Tarigami and not use the visit for any political purpose. The bench said if Yechury indulges in any political activities, authorities are free to report them to the apex court.

The SC also granted permission to a Jamia Millia Islamia student to visit his parents Kashmir. The scholar, identified as Mohd Aleem Syed, has not been able to meet his parents since the lockdown. He had also filed a habeas corpus petition regarding the same.

The top court asked the student to report back after travelling to Anantnag and asked the government to provide him adequate police protection.

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