Top Court: Article 370 Move To Larger Bench, No Need To Refer Pleas
New Delhi: The petitions are currently being heard by a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice NV Ramana. There are no reasons to refer a bunch of petitions challenging the government's move to end the special status of the state under Article 370 and bifurcate it to a larger, seven-judge bench.
The top court had on January 23 reserved its order on the issue of whether the batch of pleas would be referred to a larger seven-judge bench. Referring to two older judgments on Article 370, the top court today said there is no conflict between the two verdicts.
The government decided to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and also bifurcate it into two union territories.
As part of the sweeping restraint in movement and communication, several political leaders, including three former Chief Ministers, have been in detention in Kashmir. Former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were charged under the Public Safety Act - a stringent law that allows detention without trial for up to three months and multiple extensions.