SC seeks J&K status in four weeks

SC seeks J&K status in four weeks


The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to respond in four weeks to petitions challenging the change in constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir following dilution of Article 370.

A five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Mr. Justice NV Ramana, gave one week to the petitioners for filing their rejoinders. The Bench -- which will also have Mr. Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Subhash Reddy,  BR Gavai and  Surya Kant -- posted the matter for further hearing on November 14.

The court made it clear that it would not accept any other petitions on the issue.  The court gave four weeks to the Centre to respond to the petitions after the Attorney General, Mr  KK Venugopal, and Solicitor General, Mr.  Tushar Mehta, said the Government needed to file its response before the matter was heard. Mr. Venugopal is representing the Centre while Mr. Mehta is representing Jammu and Kashmir.