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The Supreme Court will hear a batch of petitions contesting the repeal of Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, beginning on August 2.
A five-judge constitution bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud will begin hearings on a daily basis on Wednesday.
The bench, which also included Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai, and Surya Kant, set July 27 as the deadline for filing written comments and convenience compilations by various parties.
The five-judge bench stated that the hearing will take place on a daily basis, except on Mondays and Fridays, which are reserved for hearing miscellaneous matters at the Supreme Court. On these days, only new petitions are heard for admission, and ordinary cases are not heard.
It had chosen two lawyers, one from the petitioners’ and one from the government’s sides, to make a convenience compilation and file it by July 27, and made it plain that no materials would be considered beyond that date. A convenience note provides the court with a snapshot of the entire case to help it swiftly grasp the facts.
Supreme Court on Jammu and Kashmir
It had stated that the Centre’s affidavit regarding the conditions in Jammu and Kashmir following the repeal of Article 370 on August 5, 2019 would have no influence on the constitutional matter to be decided by the five-judge bench.
On that day, the Centre revoked the former state of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divided it into two union territories.
Several petitions were referred to a Constitution bench in 2019 challenging the repeal of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which divided the former state into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.