New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that final hearing to petitions challenging the revocation of Article 370 will be given on December 10 and asked the Centre to file a counter-affidavit in the case by November 22.
A five-judge bench gave the order after hearing a batch of petitions.
Earlier in August, the Centre announced its decision to scrap Article 370 of Jammu and Kashmir, that gave special status to the state and by scrapping bifurcated ito two Union Territories- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The two UTs came into existence on October 31.
“The militants and separatist elements, with the support of foreign forces inimical to India, were taking advantage of the situation and sowing discord, discontent and even secessionist feelings among the populace of the State,” an earlier Centre’s affidavit said.