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28/08/2019 11:07 AM IST | Updated 28/08/2019 12:27 PM IST

SC's Constitution Bench To Hear All Petitions Against Abrogation Of Article 370 In October

All the matters relating to Article 370 were listed for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi today.

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A security personnel stands guard on a deserted road during restrictions in Srinagar, August 23, 2019. 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a Constitution bench of five judges will hear all petitions challenging the Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370 and remove Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

According to Hindustan Times, a benched headed by CJI Ranjan Gogi issued a notice to the Centre and said the matter will be posted for hearing in the first week of October. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed the formal notice, saying it would be misused. 

 

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The court also allowed law student Mohammad Aleem Sayed to travel to Anantnag in Kashmir to meet his parents and asked the government to provide security and arrangements for his travel, LiveLaw reported.

On CPM leader Sitaram Yechury’s petition seeking production of his party colleague Mohd Tarigami, the court said he could go to Jammu and Kashmir to meet and enquire about his colleagues, but the visit could not be used for any political purpose. Tarigami has been detained by J&K authorities.

On the plea filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, CJI Gogoi issued notices to Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration, asking them to file their responses within seven days, PTI reported.

Bhasin has sought directions to restore of all modes of communication in J&K to enable the media to practise its profession.

Strict restrictions have been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 when home minister Amit Shah announced the government had decided to remove its special status and split the region into two union territories.

Mobile services and the Internet, including BSNL’s broadband and private leased-line Internet, were snapped. Additional troops were moved to the region. At least 400 political leaders, including Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, have been under detention for over three weeks.

AFP reported that over 4,000 people have been detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA).