SC to decide who will hear J&K status issue

The Supreme Court on Monday will consider whether a Constitution Bench should probe the grant of special status to Jammu and Kashmir in 1954 under the aegis of the Jawaharlal Nehru government. The special status was bestowed on Jammu and Kashmir by incorporating Article 35A in the Constitution, by an order of President Rajendra Prasad under Article 370 in 1954 on the advice of the Nehru Cabinet. Parliament was not consulted.
Article 368 (1) of the Constitution mandates that only Parliament can amend the Constitution by introducing a new Article.
Carte blanche
Article 35A gives the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature a carte blanche to decide the ‘permanent residents’ of the State and grant them special rights and privileges in State public sector jobs, acquisition of property within the State, scholarships and other public aid and welfare programmes.
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