Article 35A: J&K governor to ask the Supreme Court to put off hearing

Article 35A: J&K governor to ask the Supreme Court to put off hearing
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Jammu & Kashmir’s new governor Satya Pal Malik said the state administration will file a plea in the Supreme Court seeking a deferral of the hearing into the contentious law.

Satya Pal Malik who is the administrative head of the state which has been under Governor’s Rule said the administration would tell the top court that the views of the state’s people can only be represented by an elected government.

His statement comes at a time when the state continues to be roiled by protests related to the court’s hearing of the article of the Constitution that restricts property ownership and government jobs to permanent residents of Jammu & Kashmir.

The state administration has written twice to the Supreme Court seeking a deferral, on both occasions citing the preparations for the forthcoming local elections.

He said that even in the case of Article 370 of the Constitution which gives significant autonomy of the state and there are sentiments involved and he thinks a decision on such issues could be best deferred.