A legal issue regarding the constitutional validity of Article 35-A was supposed to be heard by the Supreme Court today. Article 35- A in the Indian constitution talks about defining the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and also providing special rights and privileges to them. Article 35-A hearing that was supposed to be heard today was regarding barring of the no-residents of Kashmir from buying land in the state.
A three-judge bench of Supreme court was appointed for the hearing of the case. The case was adjourned as the matter had to be heard and addressed by all the three-judge bench judges, but one of them was not present today. Justice D Y Chandrachud, one of the members of the three-judge bench was not present in the court due to which the hearing was postponed to 27th of August.
Jammu and Kashmir called in for a two-day shut down of the state as the hearing was scheduled for today. Various public organizations had extended their support to the shutdown by barring their services. In order to maintain peace in the state, several security forces were employed in vulnerable places.
As an effect of the shutdown, the pilgrims were stopped at the Bhagwati Nagar Basecamp from going to the 3,800+ meter high Amarnath Shrine. Amarnath yatra has been suspended since Sunday morning.
The Supreme court will hear petitions filed by various entities challenging the validity of the Article 35-A. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and “We the Citizens” (an NGO) are the two major organizations that will be heard by the supreme court before passing any Judgement in this matter.
The postponement of the hearing may result in the increase of tension in Jammu and Kashmir as people are willing to go any extent to protect their existence by not letting non-residents of their state take over their land. In support of the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, various parties are conducting rallies all over the state.