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Supreme Court will give its verdict on Monday on petitions against abolition of Article 370

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court will give its verdict on December 11 on the petitions filed against the abolition of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. CJI D.Y. Chandrachud headed by Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Sanjeev Khanna, B.R. The Constitution bench of Gavai and Surya Kant will decide on the constitutionality of the 2019 presidential order taking away the special status given to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating it into two union territories. The Constitution Bench of 5 judges had reserved its decision on September 5 after hearing the oral arguments of both the sides.

It will take “some time” to restore statehood: Center

During the hearing, the Central government had told the Supreme Court that it could not give any exact time frame and that it would take “some time” to restore statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, while reiterating that its Union Territory status ” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had said that whatever the decision of the Constitution Bench, it would be “historic” and would end the “psychological conflict” prevailing in the minds of the residents of Kashmir Valley. He had said that this “psychological dilemma” arose due to the confusion arising from the nature of Article 370 as to whether the special provisions were temporary or permanent.

The petitioners had argued that Article 370 of the Constitution has taken a permanent form after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir. In March 2020, a five-judge Constitution bench rejected the petitioners’ request to refer the issue to a larger bench of seven judges. Refused to accept the argument. The then CJI N.V. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Ramana argued that the earlier judgments given by the apex court in the Prem Nath Kaul case and Sampat Prakash case related to the interpretation of Article 370 were not contradictory.

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