The Supreme Court on Friday said that the petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 (special status to Jammu and Kashmir) of the Constitution will be listed after the Dussehra holiday. On Friday, the matter was mentioned before a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit. The lawyer said that this is an important constitutional matter. After which the CJI said that the matter will be listed after the Dussehra holidays. The Supreme Court will be closed for a week from October 3 for Dussehra holiday.
More than 20 petitions are pending before the apex court challenging the August, 2019 decision of the central government to abrogate Article 370. By abrogating Article 370, the Center had revoked the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. After this the state was divided into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
In March 2020, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court had held that there was no need to refer a bunch of petitions challenging Article 370 to a Constitution Bench of judges. Actually, some petitioners had demanded to send the matter to a seven-member bench.