SC won’t hear Article 35A case on Oct 23

Srinagar, Oct 17
The Supreme Court of India will not resume hearing of public interest litigations (PILs) seeking abrogation of Article 35A of Indian Constitution on October 23 – the day India’s top court opens after Diwali holidays.
On August 25, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear after Diwali the pleas challenging special rights and privileges of permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources in government said that the matter was posted for hearing on October 23 “but now it has been withdrawn”.
“The matter was scheduled to be heard on October 23 but now it is not in the list of hearings in SC on the day it will open after Diwali,” sources said.
In August, an SC bench headed by Justice J S Khehar had accepted the plea of the Jammu and Kashmir government that the pleas challenging Article 35A and Section 6 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution be heard after Diwali.
The bench included Justices Dipak Misra and DY Chandrachud as well.
“It is not known now when the hearing of the case will resume,” the source, associated with the case, said. “The dates for the cases come from SC registry.”
Article 35 A has been challenged twice in 1960s but the law was upheld both times.