Srinagar: The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned hearing on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35-A, and listed the case for next hearing in the second week of January next year.
The crucial case was heard by the Apex Court as Kashmir and parts of Chenab and Pir Panjal regions are observing a complete shutdown today for second consecutive day in defence of the constitutional provision that restricts government jobs, admissions in professional institutions and scholarships to the state subjects.
The court said the next hearing on the case would take place in second week of January next year. The ruling came after the Jammu and Kashmir government request the court to adjourn the hearing in view of preparations for Panchayat and Municipal polls in the state.
Joint Resistance Leadership had called for shutdown on August 30 and 31 to protest attempts the scrap the legislation.
On the last hearing of the case, the Apex Court had said that it would first decide whether the pleas challenging Article 35A need to be referred to a five-judge constitutional bench for examining the larger issue.