J&K special status: Supreme Court to look into plea challenging validity of Article 35A – 10 things to know

The Supreme Court has agreed to look into the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution, which grants special status to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

The apex court said a three-judge bench will hear the objections to the provisions of Article 35A in the next six weeks, and may decide on referring the matter to a five-judge bench.

The petition challenging the Article claims it has a gender bias and does not grant the same status to women in Jammu and Kashmir.

In defence, the Jammu and Kashmir government has told the Supreme Court that the Article 35A issue has been “prima facie settled” by the High Court in its 2002 judgment.

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