Two politicians and a journalist from Muslim majority Kargil area of Ladakh region of illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir have moved the Indian Supreme Court with an impleadment application challenging the constitutional validity of the New Delhi’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Bar and Bench reported on Tuesday.
The three applicants Qamar Ali Akhoon, Asgar Ali Karbalai and Sajjad Hussain have filed the request in a plea filed in the Supreme Court in 2019 by National Conference leaders Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi.
Akhoon was the MLA from Kargil constituency in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly before it was dissolved. Karbalai is a Congress leader from Kargil district in Ladakh, while Hussain is the editor of Greater Ladakh newspaper.
The application submitted that the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act, which annulled the special status, have “eroded the legislative and executive organs and have denied the constitutional rights” to Jammu and Kashmir.
“It imposes a dictatorial regime wherein the entire democratic process has been annulled and the inhabitants of the region have been left at the mercy of administrators who do not possess mandate of inhabitants of the region,” the application stated.
On August 5, 2019, India had abolished special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, imposed a lockdown in the region, and divided the territory into the two Union Territories.
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