J&K CPI(M) unit moves SC, supports Article 35A

NEW DELHI: The CPI(M)’s Jammu and Kashmir unit today moved the Supreme Court in support of the Constitution’s Article 35A that empowers the State Assembly to define ‘permanent residents’ for conferring special rights and privileges to them.

The Left party sought a nod to intervene in a pending writ petition through its State committee member and Khulgam MLA Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami.

The Apex Court is already seized of PILs in the matter, including the one filed by NGO “We the Citizens” seeking quashing of the article, which confers special status to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

The party, which is seeking intervention in the “We the Citizens” petition, said it is of the unequivocal opinion that Article 35 A, shall in “no circumstance be annulled, modified or repealed”. (AGENCIES)