India’s Supreme Court Validates Removal of Kashmir’s Special India’s Supreme Court on Monday said the government’s decision to revoke the special status previously granted to Jammu and Kashmir is in line with the constitution. The Supreme Court has delivered its verdict on a petition seeking abrogation of Article 370, which gives special status to Kashmir, and upheld the 2019 Presidential Order in a unanimous verdict. The court noted that Kashmir’s special status is a temporary arrangement.

The court also directed the Election Commission to hold elections in Kashmir by September 30, 2024.On August 5, 2019, the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government revoked Article 370 and imposed a month-long communications blockade on Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiri separatist leaders and mainstream politicians were thrown into jail just before Home Minister Amit Shah announced the abrogation of Article 370 in the Indian Parliament.

The former state of Jammu and Kashmir was further divided into union territories.The court on Monday said the reorganization of J&K into a union territory in 2019 was a temporary measure and directed the government to work towards rehabilitation of the state.

A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud reserved its verdict on the matter on September 5. Ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict, former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, as well as separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were reportedly placed under house arrest.

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However, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha claimed that no one was under house arrest and that it was “an attempt to spread rumors”. Abdullah shared a photo of the main gate of his home in Srinagar, where it was seen to be chained with heavy chains. He wrote: So why deny the actions of the police? Is it even possible that the police don’t even know what they’re doing? which one? Are you dishonest or are the police acting independently of you?”