In a move that would change the face of the Kashmir Valley, the central government adopted in 2019 Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act and other laws that divided the former state into two Union Territories and effectively repealed Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
More than 10 petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court challenging the presidential decree repealing section 370. The petitioners include Jammu and Kashmir-based lawyer Shakir Shabir, Lok Sabha MPs Mohammad Akbar Lone and the judge (retired) Hasnain Masoodi, lawyer ML Sharma, Shah Faesal and Shehla Rashid.
In March of last year, the court ruled that there was no need to remand the motions to a larger chamber. The case has not been resumed since.
In November 2020, the People’s Conference of Jammu and Kashmir (JKPC) filed a petition with the Supreme Court of India for an early hearing in the batch of petitions. However, the same has yet to be heard.
More recently, three political leaders of Ladakh – Qamar Ali Akhoon, Asgar Ali Karbalai and Sajjad Hussain – had taken the Supreme Court to request the implementation of the petitions.
Last listen on: March 2, 2020
Bench: the judges NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, BR Gavai, and Surya kant