One of the Petitioners in a batch of pleas which challenge the changes made to Article 370 and subsequent orders has filed an application for early hearing before the Supreme Court, Live Law reported.
Filed by Advocate Shakir Shabir, the Application states that in pursuance of the impugned Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 which had been promulgated on 5th August, 2019, the Respondents
continually proceeding ahead with further changes in laws concerning the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, which has now been split into two distinct Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh”.
It has further been submitted that all consequent acts of the government, including the recent changes to land laws in the Union Territories, derive authority from the impugned order or subsequent orders, and are therefore also illegal and void ab initio.he mere passage of time, such illegal and unconstitutional actions risk to render the captioned petition infructuous while rendering permanency to the impugned order(s)”.
The Application then lists the developments which have cultivated post the impugned order and changes made to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
It also highlights that despite the changes being portrayed to be for the betterment of the populace of the erstwhile State,truth remains that it is the very people who are presently suffering in the midst”.
“Not only due to repeated internet shutdowns and reduced internet speeds have the students and businesses been suffering in Jammu and Kashmir, the impugned order and the slew of restrictions continually damage the economy as well as the everyday life of the locals, who have been completely kept away from the entire process despite the fact that each change under the laws detrimentally affects the locals at an individualistic level”. reference to the batch of pleas that are pending before the Supreme Court, the Application submits that notice was issued on 28.08.2019 and the matter had been referred to a Constitution Bench.
After a Senior Counsel raised the preliminary issue of reference of the matter to a larger Bench, it was decided that the same would be argued first. The judgement on this limited point was pronounced on 02.03.2020 and it was held that there was no reason to refer the pleas to a larger Bench on the questions considered.
The Application seeks for the pleas pertaining to the challenge to the changes made to Article 370 to be heard at the earliest.