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5-Judge Constitution bench to hear Article 370 Cases in October: SC

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New Delhi, 28 Aug, 2019: The Supreme Court on Wednesday has said that a five-judge Constitution bench will hear the case related to Article 370 in October.

The apex court also issued a notice to the Centre on the plea by Kashmir Times Executive Editor, Anuradha Bhasin, seeking a direction for relaxing restrictions on internet, landline, and other communication channels. The SC sought a detailed response from the Centre within 7 days.

The Supreme Court’s decision came while hearing ML Sharma's petition against the manner in which the abrogation of Article 370 took place. "This has to be heard. And we think this should go to a five-judge bench," the Chief Justice of India said. The Court further said that notices would be issued to the Centre in all cases related to Article 370.

Earlier, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta told the Court that issuing formal notices could have cross-border repercussions as the Kashmir issue is already discussed in the United Nations. In his argument, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, also requested that formal notices should not be issued on Kashmir issue. Agreeing this, Attorney-General KK Venugopal said that Kashmir was a sensitive matter, being taken up in the United Nations.

But, the SupremeCourt rejects plea by Centre and decided to issue notices to the Centre. "We know what to do.. We have passed our orders,” said CJI. The Supreme Courts also said that the issues of media restrictions and other communication blockades to be heard after a week.