Home Ministry seeks report on J&K HC order on Article 370
The Union Home Ministry on Monday asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to send a report on the directions of State High Court which said that Article 370, which grants special status to J&K was beyond repeal, amendment or abrogation. Taking in view the seriousness of the matter the Home Ministry has sought the copy of the order, and asked for explanation on the ground of which said direction has been issued by the high court. It is expected that the copy of order will be forwarded by the state legal officials tomorrow.
What has raised the hackles of the union home ministry is the fact that Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed that Article 370 has assumed a state of permanence in the constitution, and was beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation. The Bench said that though Article 370 is titled as ‘Temporary Provision’ and included in Para XXI titled ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’ has assumed place of permanence in the Constitution.
The direction of the state high court has rattled the union government, and BJP in particular as it has been long demanding the abrogation of Article 370.