Supreme Court Adjourns Fresh Plea On Article-35A

Srinagar: The Supreme Court has not taken up a fresh plea challenging Article-35A today following adjournment request by the petitioner.

The petition listed for hearing at serial number 12 was dropped by the Apex Court after an adjournment letter was moved by the petitioner Ashewani Upadhyay, senior High Court lawyer Manzoor Ahmad Dar said.

The main petition seeking abrogation of Article-35A was filed by a Delhi-based NGO “We the Citizens”. Later, three more petitions filed by West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, Dr Charu Wali Khanna, and Kali Dass were clubbed together.

The pleas have challenged, among others, certain provisions of Article 35A which deny property rights to a woman from J&K who marries a person from outside the state.

Article 35A was added to the Constitution of India by a Presidential Order in 1954. (KR)

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