Supreme Court to Decide on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir: Revisiting the Landmark Verdict

The fate of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is set to be determined today by the Supreme Court, with the bench expected to render a critical decision on whether the annulment of the special status granted to the state by the central government is legitimate or illegal.

The revocation of Article 370, which accorded special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, was executed by the Modi government on August 5, 2019. Consequently, the state was bifurcated into two centrally administered territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. This move triggered a barrage of legal petitions, with 23 cases filed in the Supreme Court challenging the decision.

After hearing arguments from both sides, a bench comprising Chief Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Sanjeev Khanna, Justice Bhushan Gavai, and Justice Suryakant reserved the judgment on this matter on September 5. Today marks the culmination of this prolonged legal deliberation.

The contentious Article 370, which granted the state of Jammu and Kashmir a unique constitutional position, was repealed by the Modi government. However, the legality of this decision was fiercely contested in the courts. Justices Chandrachud, Kaul, Khanna, Gavai, and Suryakant are poised to deliver their verdict on this highly contentious issue.

Amidst this legal battle, the region has witnessed intensified security measures. Law enforcement agencies have also been vigilant against misinformation and incendiary posts on social media platforms. Several individuals have faced legal action for propagating falsehoods and creating social unrest online.

The legal battle in the Supreme Court witnessed a clash of legal luminaries. The government was represented by Attorney General R. Venkataramani, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, senior counsels Harish Salve, Rakesh Dwivedi, and V. Giri. On the other side, the petitioners were represented by prominent lawyers like Kapil Sibal, Gopal Subramanium, Rajeev Dhavan, Jafer Shah, Dushyant Dave, and others.

The significance of this verdict resonates not just within the boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir but across the entire nation. The decision holds the power to shape the region’s future and define India’s constitutional landscape. Today’s verdict marks a crucial moment in the legal and political history of the country, setting the course for future governance and constitutional rights in Jammu and Kashmir.

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