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Article 370 verdict: Supreme Court directs ECI to conduct elections in J-K by September 30, 2024

Dec 11, 2023 11:55 AM IST

Article 370 verdict: The Supreme Court directed Election Commission of India to conduct assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir by September 2024.

Supreme Court Verdict on Article 370: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Election Commission of India to conduct elections in Jammu and Kashmir by September 30, 2024. Writing the judgment for himself and Justices Gavai and Surya Kant, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said Article 370 of the Constitution was a temporary provision and the president has the power to revoke it.

Media persons at the Supreme Court complex on the day of the court's verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, in New Delhi on December 11.(PTI)
Media persons at the Supreme Court complex on the day of the court's verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, in New Delhi on December 11.(PTI)

The court also upheld the validity of the decision to carve out the Union territory of Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019.

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The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir does not have internal sovereignty different from other states of the country, he said.

"... all provisions of the Indian Constitution can be applied to J-K," the CJI said.

"We hold the exercise of presidential power to issue constitutional order abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution as valid," the CJI said.

Jammu and Kashmir became an integral part of India and this is evident from Articles 1 and 370, he said while pronouncing the judgment.

“The Constituent Assembly of J&K was never intended to be permanent body,” the CJI stated.

Article 370, which was abrogated on August 5, 2019, was an interim arrangement due to war conditions in the erstwhile state, Justice Chandrachud said.

The princely state had become an integral part of India and this is evident from Articles 1 and 370, the CJI said.

The bench comprising CJI D Y Chandrachud and Justices Gavai, Surya Kant, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Sanjiv Khanna, assembled at 10.56 am to pronounce the three separate and concurring judgements

Justices Kaul and Khanna wrote their judgments separately.

The apex court reserved its verdict in the matter on September 5 after a 16-day hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370.

The pronouncement of the verdict by the CJI is underway.

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