The Supreme Court of India will begin day-to-day hearings on August 2 regarding the nullification of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu & Kashmir. The court recorded a statement from the government that it will not rely on an affidavit filed to bring on record the situation in J&K since the abrogation. The court set the matter for an extensive hearing in August and asked all parties to submit relevant documents by July 27.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would begin day-to-day hearings from August 2 on a clutch of petitions pertaining to the nullification of Article 370 of the Constitution, and recorded a statement by the Union government that it will not rely upon the contents of an affidavit filed a day ago to bring on record the scenario in Jammu & Kashmir since the move.
Observing that the challenge to the abrogation of Article 370 — which conferred special status on J&K until August 2019 — is a “pure question of constitutional validity”, a five-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai and Surya Kant, set down the matter for an extensive hearing in the first week of August. It asked all parties to submit the documents they want to rely upon by July 27.
“The learned Solicitor General has submitted that though the Centre has filed an additional affidavit setting out the central government’s views on post-notification developments, it would have no bearing on the constitutional question involved in the matter and hence, it would not be relied upon,” said the bench in its order.