The Supreme Court has deferred the plea challenging the constitutionality of Article 35A, which offers some special rights and privileges to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
The next hearing will be taken up on August 27, and the apex court will then decide on the legality of Article 35A.
Kashmir witnessed shut down as the plea challenging the Article 35A went to the apex court for the hearing.
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Under Article 35A, the legislature of the Jammu and Kashmir can give some special privileges to the residents of the state in government jobs, social sector schemes, purchase of property or other public aid, and their acts cannot be challenged in any court of law.
The article was incorporated into the Constitution by the presidential order of 1954 that acted on the advice of Jawaharlal Nehru cabinet. . However, the article was not taken up for discussion in the Parliament by the erstwhile government which to date remains a matter of debate.