SC adjourns Article 35A hearing as J-K administration, Centre cite local poll preparations


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A as both the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration sought the adjournment on the ground that preparations for local body polls were underway.

The Centre also said the interlocutor has been appointed and the talks are going on. The adjournment came soon after the court convened. It will again be listed in the week starting August 27.

Article 35-A empowers the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights to them.

It was added through “Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954”, issued by the President under Article 370.

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