Hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the centre’s unilateral decision to abrogate article 370 and bifurcate the state, the Supreme Court referred the cases to a five-member Constitution Bench.
The cases were heard by a three-member bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer. The court said that the constitution bench will hear the matter from October.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued that the top court’s notice would have “cross-border repercussions” and can be misused. Attorney General KK Venugopal also opposed the Centre’s decision and said: “This is a very sensitive issue. Statements made here are sent to the UN.”
The top court also granted permission to Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury and a law student to visit Jammu and Kashmir.
They also allowed Kashmiri student Mohammad Aleem Sayed to travel to Anantnag district to meet his parents and ordered the state government to facilitate travel and provide police protection for him.
Gogoi also issued a notice to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration to file their responses within seven days on Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin’s petition.
The court said: “We know what to do, we have passed the order, we are not going to change”.