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JammuGovt seeks adjournment of case challenging Resettlement law

Govt seeks adjournment of case challenging Resettlement law


NL Correspondent
New Delhi, Dec 07

The J&K government on Friday sought adjournment of the case in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the controversial Jammu and Resettlement Act of 1982.
The Act envisages grant of permit for resettlement of Pakistani nationals who had migrated to Pakistan from Jammu and Kashmir between 1947 and 1954 after Partition.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul was told by advocate Shoeb Alam, appearing for the state government, that permission should be granted for circulation of the for adjournment of the case.
The bench granted the permission.
The petitioner, Jammu and Kashmir Panther Party (JKNPP) had on Thursday mentioned the matter for urgent hearing saying it had been pending for long and needed to be decided.
The top court had on August 16, 2016, indicated that it might refer the matter to a constitution bench if it found that some issues needed interpretation of the Constitution.
The court had said that it would hear the matter and if during the course of proceedings it is found that no constitutional issue is involved then it would pass an order.
JKNPP had earlier told the court that a division bench in 2008 had issued direction to list the case before a constitution bench but the Chief Justice in the same year had overruled the decision and ordered the matter to be listed before a three-judge bench.
It had said that people of Jammu and Kashmir who had migrated to Pakistan from 1947 could be considered for their return but their descendants could not be.

The party had said that the law passed by the Assembly was draconian, unconstitutional and improper which threatened the security of the state.

JKNPP through Harsh Dev Singh, the then MLA, had challenged the Act passed by the J&K Assembly in 1982.

In 1982, the Act was first challenged by Singh before the apex court and then Governor BK Nehru had refused to sign the Bill and sent it back to the Assembly.

Later, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then president of the newly constituted BJP, had also filed a petition before the apex court seeking intervention.

The matter was considered by the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in 2001 on a presidential reference. The apex court returned the reference to the President with a three-word pronouncement: ‘Returned, respectfully, unanswered'.

JKNPP through its then MLA Harsh Dev Singh in 2001 had filed a writ petition in the apex court seeking quashing of the Resettlement Act.

The top court while admitting the plea had ordered for stay of operation of the Act and in 2008, the matter was referred to the constitution bench on the plea that the subject related to the interpretation of the Constitution of .

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