Big day in SC: From Aadhaar to Love Jihad and Article 35 A
From Article 35 A to Love Jihad. The Supreme Court will hear a host of important cases today. A bench led by Justice AK Sikri will also hear the West Bengal government's petition against the Centre's move to make Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number for citizens, mandatory to get social welfare benefits.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will take up petitions seeking repeal of Article 35(A), a law that guarantees special privileges to the restive state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The main petition in the case is filed by an NGO, We the Citizens, which says the state's autonomous status granted by Article 35(A) and Article 370 of the Constitution discriminates against fellow citizens from the rest of the India.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra will hear a Muslim man's request for reversing a Kerala high court order that cancelled his marriage with a Hindu girl after she converted to Islam. Misra questioned the order in the previous hearing.
The case is about 24-year-old homeopathic doctor Hadiya Shefin, born Akhila Ashokan, who married Shafin Jahan without her family's consent last December. She was allegedly recruited by the Islamic State terrorist group and her husband was only a stooge.
The other cases up before the Supreme Court are the reforms in the BCCI and also the bail plea by Sanjay Chandra in the Unitech ltd case.