A year & counting — clock ticking, but SC verdict yet awaited on over 20 pleas on Article 370 scrapping

The court’s statement was an attempt to pacify the petitioners when they resisted its order to grant four weeks to both the central government and the J&K administration to file a detailed response to the pleas.

They demanded an immediate stay on the operation of some of the provisions of the Act that would come into force on 31 October 2019 — the day the split became official and the union territories came into being. 

Their concern was that the hearing in the top court would either be rendered infructuous or just an academic exercise once the law becomes operational.

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