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Article 35-A: Supreme Court to hear Petition at 2 PM on Monday, as protests swell to oppose ‘fidling’

Srinagar: The Supreme Court is likely to hear five clubbed petitions, challenging the validity of Article 35-A that guarantees the special state subject rights to J&K Citizens in the Monday afternoon even as seven applications have been filed for intervention- four of them having been filed – during the last ten days alone.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has sought an adjournment of the August 6 hearing till the panchayat polls are held in October.

The matter is listed for hearing on Monday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

“Let the matter be listed at 2.00 p.m. on 6.8.2018. Pleadings from all angles shall  be completed in the meantime,” the apex court bench had ordered on May 5, as per the Apex Court Registry’s report revealed on Saturday.

The registry said advocate Sushma Suri on 26 September 2014 appeared on behalf of Ministry of Home Affairs but Counter Affidavit has not been filed so far.

Meanwhile, Kashmir High Court Bar Association through its General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Shaheen, J&K National Conference through its Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Jammu & Kashmir Awami National Conference through Sr. Vice President Muzaffar Shah Dr. Bashir Ahmad Shah and Mir Javed Ahmad & others filed applications for intervention.

Article 35-A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and denies property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state. (KNS) 

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