Jammu & Kashmir: SC refuses to hear fresh petition challenging Article 370

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The Supreme Court on November 26 refused to hear a fresh petition challenging Article 370 of the constitution, which gives special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, and said that the issues raised in it were already part of the pending pleas.

An SC bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Ajay Rastogi asked the petitioner to file an Impleadment Application in the matter.

“We have heard the petitioner. The issues raised in the petition are part of the petitions pending,” the top court bench said.

The petition filed by advocate Vijay Mishra and Sandeep Lamba has sought a declaration that Article 370 of the Constitution had lapsed with the dissolution of the constituent assembly of Jammu and Kashmir on January 26, 1957, and it cannot be treated as mandatory for the exercise of powers of the President.

On November 14, the top court bench comprising of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said that the SC will hear a plea challenging the validity of Article 370 of the Constitution following a request by the state and the centre in the first week of April 2019.