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SCI forms bench to hear petitions against abrogation of Articles 370, 35A

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NEW DELHI (Web Desk): The Supreme Court of India (SCI) on Saturday ordered to constitute a five-member bench for hearing of several petitions against unilateral abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution by the Modi-led Hindu nationalist government, stripping special autonomy of the disputed region.

According to media reports, the bench will begin the hearing on October 1.

On September 16, the SCI had ordered the Indian government to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir “as soon as possible while keeping in mind national safety and security.”

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“Schools, hospitals, public transport should function properly,” said the ruling of a three-member bench of India’s top court.

The court had ordered the government to submit a report mentioning the actual situation in the region that has been lockdown for more than 55 days with communications blackout, internet, and telephone services suspended.

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