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Activist challenges arrest of Mufti, Abdullah: SC refuses urgent hearing

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New Delhi, Aug 08: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir.

The petition fled by activist, Tehseen Poonawala has also challenged the arrested of Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. Seeking an urgent hearing, Poonawala also sought for the setting up of a judicial commission to assess the ground situation in Kashmir.

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The court however refused an urgent hearing and said that it would be listed as per procedure. The Bench headed by Justice N V Ramana said that the mater should be placed before the Chief Justice of India for listing.

Another petition was filed challenging the decision to abrogate, Article 370 has been filed in the Supreme Court.

The petition filed by advocate, M L Sharma challenged the decision of the government to scrap special status to Jammu and Kashmir. While challenging the procedure adopted, he said that the government ought to have taken the Parliament route to amend the Article.

He said that the order of the President is illegal and unconstitutional and hence needs to be struck down.

The Special Status to Jammu and Kashmir officially ended with the President giving his assent to defang Article 370.

With Article 370 gone, how the lavish lifestyles of the Muftis, Abdullahs are set to end

The assent by the President comes in the wake of both Houses of Parliament passing the Jammu and Kashmir Re-Organisation Bill. This Bill divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. Ladakh is now a UT, courtesy this bill.

President Ram Nath Kovind earlier gave his assent to the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to address the nation had said on Tuesday that a new dawn awaits the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He also said this was a momentous occasion.

"I salute my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience. For years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people's empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles. A new dawn, better tomorrow awaits!"

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