At least 10 petitions challenging the validity of the Modi government's decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into Union Territories were up for hearing at the Supreme Court on Wednesday – and the Chief Justice of India, in a big development, has ordered that these cases will be heard in the first week of October by a five-judge bench!
That's not all. The Supreme Court has sought a response from the government within seven days on the issue of media freedom.
In just a week, it will be one month since Jammu and Kashmir lost its special status. Remember, days have gone by, weeks have passed, but normalcy has not been restored in the Valley – there's still no to minimal phone and internet connectivity, movements restricted, local media stifled, and empty classrooms even though schools re-opened today – after 24 days of remaining shut.
But, finally, some decisions were made in the house of law. In this episode of The Big Story we talk about the Supreme court directions in the first half of this podcast but stay on because I'll also talk about the current situation in Kashmir — the three deaths, the several detainees. Tune in!Also Read:
Part 1: What Does Scrapping Article 370 Mean for Kashmir?
Kashmir Detentions: Over 2000 Held Mainly for Arson, Stone-Pelting
Kashmir Doc Says Hospitals in Crisis, Then Cops Take Him Away