The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that a five-membered constitution bench will hear all matters related to the abrogation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir through Article 370 and the state's division into two Union Territories.
The apex court was scheduled to hear on Wednesday around 10 petitions regarding Article 370 and emoval of other restrictions, including communication blockade.
The petitions before the SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and consisting of Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer, included a habeas corpus petition by Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, challenging the detention of Kashmir politicians and his state party general secretary Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami.
Meanwhile, the government is also likely to announce to a package for J&K after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning. The cabinet meeting is expected to discuss the job promises, investment in the state and implementation of welfare schemes.
The move comes after Tuesday's inter-ministerial meet in the Home Ministry over the J&K reorganisation act, 2019.
KP Krishnan meets J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik
Srinagar: Dr KP Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship met J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik today. He briefed the Governor about the ongoing endeavours and the possibilities for skill up-gradation and imparting of new skills. pic.twitter.com/146EPJvMfy— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2019
Govt constitutes Group of Ministers (GoM) for issues related to J&K, Ladakh
The government constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) on Wednesday, August 28, to look into issues concerning J&K and Ladakh.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister for the PMO Jitendra Singh are part of the group.
The GoM is expected to suggest various development, economic and social steps for the welfare of the two union territories which will come into existence on October 31.
High schools remain deserted
High schools were reopened on Wednesday in areas where restrictions have been eased but students kept away from schools. Staff presence was also minimal.
J&K Director of Information and Public Relations Sehrish Asgar had said on Tuesday: "The education department has decided to open all high schools in Kashmir Valley from tomorrow in areas where relaxations have been provided."
Article 370 is an internal matter: Russian Envoy to India
Nikolay Kudashev, the Russian Envoy to India, said Article 370 is an internal matter. "This is the sovereign decision of Indian government, it's an internal matter of India. All issues existing between India & Pakistan should be resolved through dialogue on the basis of Shimla agreement & Lahore declaration," he said.
Delhi HC seeks centre's response on Shah Faesal's plea
Delhi HC seeks response from the Centre on a fresh application filed by founder of J&K People's Movement Party (JKPMS), Shah Faesal, seeking copy of Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against him. Court asks the Centre to file reply by 1 Sept. Court will hear the matter on 3 Sept. pic.twitter.com/bFR2D9acgi— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2019
Eight petitions challenging the centre's decision
"A Bench of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer today heard at least eight petitions challenging the actions of the Union government and issued notice to the Central government," reported Bar and Bench.
SC seeks direct remark from centre on relaxation of restriction in 7 days
SC issued a notice to the Centre on the plea by Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin, seeking a direction for relaxing restrictions on the internet, landline, & other communication channels. SC sought a detailed response from the Centre within seven days.
5-judge constitution bench to hear all matters related to abrogation of Article 370
Supreme Court issued a notice to Centre and others, saying that a five-judge Constitution Bench will hear all the petitions related to abrogation of Article 370, in the first week of October.
Article 370 remark
"It has to go to 5-judge Bench," said CJI Gogoi.
He said that a 5-judge bench will hear all matters relating to Article 370 and bifurcating of J&K.
Supreme Court allows Yechury to meet Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami
SC allowed CPI (M) leader Yechury to go to Kashmir and meet his party member Tarigami.
Solicitor General opposed the judgment but the court says what is wrong if one citizen wants to meet another.
SC allows Mohammad Aleem Syed to travel to Anantnag
85 people-oriented schemes for J&K
In the inter-ministerial meeting on Tuesday - which saw the participation of as many as 15 secretaries from various ministries - implementation of 85 people-oriented schemes related to education, health, skill development, agriculture and employment was discussed.
High schools in Kashmir to reopen from Wednesday
According to officials, high schools in Kashmir valley will reopen in areas where restrictions have been lifted, on Wednesday.