The Supreme Court has been meticulously deliberating over petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. These legal actions led to the division of the erstwhile state into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. After an extensive 16-day hearing, the 5-judge Supreme Court bench has chosen to reserve its verdict on this matter. The outcome of this momentous case is now eagerly anticipated.
Intriguing developments unfolded during the proceedings. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta denounced an affidavit submitted by National Conference MP Mohammad Akbar Lone, the lead petitioner opposing Article 370’s abrogation, as a “farce.” Mehta unequivocally stated that the affidavit added insult to the injury already inflicted upon the nation.
Senior advocates passionately debated the essence of Article 370, which was perceived as a compromise within the Constitution. Questions arose about the lack of a roadmap for the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, prompting crucial constitutional discussions.
As the legal proceedings concluded, the Supreme Court reserved its verdict, leaving the nation in anticipation of a landmark decision.