‘Engagement of JK Counsel with Cauvery Water dispute only reason for deferment of Article 35-A hearing

Next hearing likely after Diwali celebrations




Srinagar, Aug 25 : The engagement of top lawyer, Fali S Nariman, the counsel for J&K government on Article 35-A, with the petition on Cauvery water dispute in the Supreme Court is the only reason for deferment of the hearing on Article 35-A by Supreme Court.
A top government official, on conditions of anonymity, told KNS that Cauvery water dispute is listed for hearing the same week in which petition on Article 35-A was listed for hearing but the engagement of Fali S Nariman the counsel for J&K government on Article 35-A with Cauvery Water Dispute the same week forced J&K government to seek deferment of the petition on Article 35-A.He said the Central Government also conveyed it’s no objection on deferment of hearing on Article 35-A and consequently the top court of the country agreed to defer the hearing on Article 35-A which will take place now only after Diwali celebrations in the second half of the October.

Article 35A is becoming quite emotive in the state, with Hurriyat and mainstream parties having warned of mass agitation should it be abrogated by the apex court. (KNS)


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