A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will on Monday pronounce its judgement on whether cases relating to abrogation of special status to erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, should be heard by a larger bench.
The bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, BR Gavai and Surya Kant had reserved its verdict on the issue of reference on January 23.
These cases were filed in the apex court following the Centre’s decision to scrap the special status accorded to J and K on August 5 last year.
At least 23 petitions were filed in the court challenging the government’s decision. These include pleas by former IAS officer Shah Faesal, leaders like MY Tarigami and Farrow Ahmad Dar and People’s Union for Civil Liberties among others.
The hearing on the legality of the Centre’s move will be considered by the court after it settles the question regarding reference to a larger bench.