Supreme Court defers hearing on Article 35-A for three months


Srinagar :The Supreme Court on Monday deferred the hearing on Article 35-A by twelve weeks.

The Supreme Court was slated to hear a petition today seeking repeal of Article 35-A of the Constitution, which grants special state subject privileges to Jammu and Kashmir.

The petition in the case has been filed by a Delhi-based NGO, We the Citizens, saying the state’s autonomous status granted by Article 35(A) and Article 370 of the Constitution discriminates against fellow citizens from the rest of India.

On Sunday, Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik asked people to be ready for a mass agitation if the article 35 A is removed.

Article 35A gives special rights to the Jammu and Kashmir’s permanent residents. It disallows people from outside the state from buying or owning immovable property there, settle permanently, or avail themselves of state-sponsored scholarship schemes.