Srinagar, Aug 27, CNS: While appealing people to be alert but peaceful, senior Congress leader Tariq Hamid Karra Monday said that the Supreme Court has not taken up a fresh plea challenging Article-35A following adjournment request by the petitioner.
“My advocate on record Mr Ashok Mathur informed me that the hearing on Article 35A will take place August 31 and there was no hearing of any petition challenging Article 35A on Monday,” Karra told CNS.
He said that fresh petition filed by a petitioner Ashewani Upadhyay has not been admitted yet so no notice in this regard has been given by Supreme Court to State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Karra appealed people to maintain peace at all cost.
“It is very unfortunate that people were mislead by some elements as a result we witnessed violence and shutdown in some parts of Kashmir. It is the duty of media to provide accurate information to people without twisting the facts,” Karra said.
Pertinently, the main petition seeking abrogation of Article-35A was filed by a Delhi-based NGO “We the Citizens”. Later, three more petitions filed by West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, Dr Charu Wali Khanna, and Kali Dass were clubbed together.
The pleas have challenged, among others, certain provisions of Article 35A which deny property rights to a woman from J&K who marries a person from outside the state.
Article 35A was added to the Constitution of India by a Presidential Order in 1954