Srinagar, March 19, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a petition was filed in the High Court challenging the extension of 77th and 103rd amendments to the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir through a presidential order, earlier this month, and sought quashing and striking down of the Ordinance, forthwith. Advocates Mohammad Ashraf Butt and Aadil Asimi filed the petition on the grounds that the Constitution of India does not apply to Jammu and Kashmir.
“There was hardly any need to apply 77th and 103rd constitutional amendments to J and K. Similarly, there was no emergent situation to issue J and K Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. The timing of these amendments especially when Kashmir is undergoing a war-like situation makes the entire exercise suspect,” the petition read.
“It appears that the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 and Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, have been issued to pave the way for a greater constitutional damage to the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” it added. The petitioners said there are already a number of petitions pending before the Supreme Court of India that seek the striking down of Article 35-A of the State Subject Law.
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