The Status of J&K as a Union Territory is a provisional measure: Government Informs Supreme Court
New Delhi: On Tuesday, the Central Government informed the Supreme Court that dividing Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is a provisional measure, and Jammu and Kashmir’s status as a Union Territory will ultimately be upgraded to that of a state when the conditions become normal.
After the hearing on petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 by a bench of five justices led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Attorney General Tushar Mehta apprised the court of the government’s response.
The Supreme Court inquired about the temporary nature of this arrangement and when elections would be held in Jammu and Kashmir. To this, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta responded that steps are being taken to reach the objective.
The bench remarked, “This has to come to an end… Give us a specific time frame as to when you will restore actual democracy. We want to record this.” Let’s return to executive and court proceedings.
The government informed the court that it would provide a detailed statement on August 31 regarding the complex political issue that the case represents.
Mehta said, “The status of Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory is not a permanent fixture. As for Ladakh, its status as a Union Territory will remain for some time.”
The Supreme Court also expressed its willingness to endorse Parliament’s decision to transform Jammu and Kashmir into two centrally governed territories in the interest of the nation.
However, the court has asked the Central Government to specify an estimated time frame for reinstating Jammu and Kashmir’s status as a state. The bench stated, “Democracy is important, and while we agree that considering the national security scenario, the restructuring of the state can be done.”
Prior to this, on Monday, India’s Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud stated that by implementing Article 35A, fundamental rights of equality, the freedom to practice any profession anywhere in the country, and other rights were effectively taken away.