SC defers hearing on fresh plea against A 35A

The Supreme Court did not take up the matter as the petitioner had circulated a letter in the apex court registry seeking an adjournment of hearing on the plea. Reuters file Photo

The Supreme Court on Monday deferred its hearing on a fresh plea challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35-A, which empowered the J&K Assembly to define "permanent residents" for bestowing special rights and privileges to them.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud did not take up the matter as the petitioner had circulated a letter in the apex court registry seeking an adjournment of hearing on the plea.

Lawyer and Delhi BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, in a fresh plea, has sought a direction to the central and state governments to declare Article 35A of the Constitution as "arbitrary" on the ground that it was contrary to fundamental rights like the right to equality, dignity of women, freedom of speech and expression and the right to life and personal liberty.

The top court had earlier posted a batch of petitions including the one filed by NGO 'We the Citizens' for consideration on Friday, August 31.

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