Article 370: Supreme Court frets over filing of defective petitions

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to examine the petitions against scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution, saying the pleas filed on the A Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi pulled up advocate ML Sharma, the first petitioner on the issue, saying his petition has He said that he spent 30 minutes reading the petition, but could not make out anything. What is the prayer. it is not clear. What are you challenging, what are your pleadings? It can be dismissed on technical grounds. In a matter of this nature if this is the petition, there is no meaning, The CJI, however, said that he does not want to dismiss the petition by Sharma since it might adversely affect other petitions. The Bench also heard another plea by the Kashmir Times executive editor Anuradha Bhasin seeking removal of restrictions on the media. Gogoi said the court would take up the petition on media restrictions, but You can wait, If land lines were open. We have not restricted anyone, The Chief Justice noted that there were seven other petitions on the issue. One of these petitioners, Shakeel Shabeer, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, was told that his petition had yet to be verified by the Supreme Court registry. You file a defective petition and trouble my officers, Shabeer said he had cured the defects but the petition was not listed. The bench said the defects were cured on Wednesday evening and Thursday was a holiday. Then how did he expect the listing of his petition on Friday? The SC, however, adjourned the matter saying the next date of hearing will be decided on the administrative side. The National Conference, a political party in Jammu and Kashmir, through Lok Sabha members Mohammad AKbar Lone and Justice (rtd) Hasnain Masoodi, has also filed a petition challenging the changes made in the constitutional status of J-K. They said these changed had taken away rights of its citizens without their mandate.