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Art 35A hearing: KHCBA team leaves for Delhi to appear before SC

February 13, 2019

Srinagar, Feb 12:A delegation of Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA), Srinagar left for New Delhi on Tuesday to appear before the Supreme Court (SC), for seeking the dismissal of all the petitions challenging the Article 35 A on 13 and 14 February.
General Secretary of HCBA, Advocate G N Shaheen told Kashmir News Servicethat a team of lawyers left for New Delhi on Tuesday to appear before the SC.
He said that the team led by Advocate MianQayoom in this morning left for New Delhi.
The lawyers body the team members will meet in Delhi on 12th of February positively, so as to devise a strategy for defending Article 35-A, seriously and effectively, before the Court, KHCBA said.
Earlier, the state government on Monday sought the adjournment of the hearing into the case. Standing Counsel for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Advocate on record M Shoeb Alam had submitted the application for adjournment before Registrar General of Supreme of India.
Alam in a letter said that “the state will be seeking adjournment in the matters on account that since there is presently no elected government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the State is under President’s Rule.”
“The present matter involves a sensitive issue regarding a challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution of India. A short reply has been filed by the State of Jammu and Kashmir in the lead matter (We The Citizens) and notices have not been issued in the other petitions. It will therefore be requested that the matter may kindly be heard when an elected government is in place,” it reads.
Earlier in August 2018, the SC had adjourned the hearing on a bunch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A till January 2019. The Jammu and Kashmir government had sought adjournment of the hearing Article 35A in the view of upcoming local body elections in the state.
The matter was listed before a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. The state government had written a letter to the Registrar of the Supreme Court on August 29.
KHCBA General Secretary further told KNS that the team of lawyers has already made every preparation for the case and has already submitted 65 pages affidavit before the court in this regard.


KCCI extends support to Joint Hurriyat shutdown call

Monitor News Bureau

Srinagar, Feb 12: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported the call for shutdown on the 13th and 14th of February, 2019 against the threat to Article 35 A.

In a statement issued in this regard, the KCC&I spokesman said that the issue of attempts to dilute Article 35 A was highly sensitive and members of the business community were ready to support all actions taken for safeguarding the Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The business community would stand firmly behind the people for defeating all mischievous conspiracies aimed at creating disturbances in the valley.

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