The Supreme Court will be hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
A three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer will be hearing the petitions. The petitions include those filed by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. Azad has tried to visit the state three times but has been stopped and sent back to New Delhi.
The court will also be hearing petitions filed by Anuradha Bhasin who had challenged the restrictions on media, and political commentator Tehseen Poonawalla, who challenged the security clampdown in the state.
Jammu and Kashmir was under prohibitory orders and an unprecedented communications blackout on 4th August. It has been lifted gradually but the communications blockade remains in most parts. Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi has moved the Supreme Court with a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution.