SC will soon restore J&K’s special status: Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi

Straight Line News Network

Srinagar, Oct 13: Member Parliament from Anantnag Justice (retd.) Hasnain Masoodi has said that he is confident that the Supreme Court will scrap the presidential order passed on August 5 that took away state’s special position and status.

“Our case is very strong and legal- this could be gauged by the fact that in the very first hearing, the SC referred the case to the Constitutional bench. This proves that our case has merit and aims at protecting the constitution and safeguard its prestige,” news agency KNS quoted Masoodi as having said.

He added that the special status of Jammu and Kashmir at the time of accession in 1947 was not a charity given by the union of India but was an outcome of thorough deliberations and discussions between the two India and the state.

“Government of India, parliament and even the President cannot scrap 370 in a unilateral way. When it was agreed upon by the two parties, it is imperative that both the parties should agree to its dilution or scraping. It is not a one-way street and therefore I am confident that the country’s top court will consider the case on merit and scrap the decision taken on August 5, this year,” said Masoodi.

He added that the barrage of orders being issued every day by the J&K administration are in union bound to turn null and void if the Supreme Court declares the August 5 order unconstitutional.

“The officials who are issuing these orders should understand that the Supreme Court has accepted the plea to challenge the August 5 decision. If the plea would have been unconstitutional, it would have been trashed by the Supreme Court at the very inception,” KNS quoted Masoodi as having said.