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SC upset on defective petitions on Kashmir

The Supreme Court has come down heavily on defective petitions against the repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sc says to advocate M L Sharma his challenge isn’t maintainable and has “no meaning”. The CJI said he spent 30 minutes reading the petition, but could not understand it.

It added that five other petitions challenging the Centre’s move were also defective and directed the lawyers to cure the defects.

On a plea filed by Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin against the communication blackout in Kashmir, the court said it would give more time to the Centre to lift the restrictions after the government said the situation is improving “day by day”.

The UN Security Council, is scheduled to hold a rare meeting on Kashmir behind closed doors. Poland, which currently holds the Security Council’s rotating presidency, has listed the matter for discussion at 10:00 am (7:30 pm IST). It is extremely rare for the Security Council to discuss Kashmir. The last time there was a full Security Council meeting on the Himalayan region was in 1965.

meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir administration to ask schools and colleges to open from Monday, sources aware of the development have said.  government secretariat and other offices will start functioning from Friday while easing of public curbs would depend on day’s development after the ‘namaaz’, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said .

Kashmir remained shut for the 12th consecutive day on Friday, even as the authorities relaxed restrictions on the movement of people in Srinagar. “Restrictions on the movement of people have been eased in most parts of the Valley. The situation so far has remained peaceful,” a senior official of the state administration said here.

ML Sharma had filed the petition on August 6, a day after the Centre had abrogated the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. The advocate in his plea has claimed that the Presidential order on Article 370 was illegal since it was passed without the consent of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

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