Mehbooba Mufti ‘calls attention to’ CJI Chandrachud about Article 370, advocates for prompt hearing in Supreme Court


PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti has called upon Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, who is currently visiting Jammu and Kashmir, to expedite the hearing on a series of petitions challenging the revocation of Article 370 from the Constitution. On Saturday (July 1), during a media interaction, Mufti reminded the CJI about Article 370 and emphasized the commitment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain the region’s special status when it joined India voluntarily, without any coercion.

Mufti specifically highlighted the pending petitions in the Supreme Court, urging the CJI to give attention to the matter. She also expressed concern for the plight of individuals, particularly the youth, who have been incarcerated without trial both within and outside of Jammu and Kashmir. Opposition parties, including the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC), have consistently opposed the revocation of Article 370, which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of acting unconstitutionally and illegally, Mufti referenced previous Supreme Court rulings in cases filed by Sampat Prakash (1968), Vijayalaxmi Jha (2018), and Prem Nath Kaul (1959). She claimed that these rulings reiterated that Article 370 should not be altered unless recommended by the Jammu and Kashmir constitutional assembly.

Previously, in a tweet, Mufti emphasized that Article 370 represented a constitutional commitment of the nation to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. She questioned why the region was being deprived of fundamental rights and guarantees guaranteed by the Constitution, despite having joined India voluntarily. Mufti expressed hope that the CJI’s presence in Jammu and Kashmir would shed light on these pressing issues.

In a significant move, the Indian government introduced a bill in Parliament to revoke Article 370 and Article 35A from the Constitution. This decision ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and transformed the state into two separate Union Territories.

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