SC bench to begin hearing petitions challenging Article 370

A five-judge Constitution bench led by Justice N V Ramana is set to start hearing pleas challenging the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday. The SC bench will also hear individual petitions on alleged restrictions imposed by the Centre in Kashmir valley and lack of access to basic amenities like food, medicines etc.

On Monday, a SC bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi refused to hear cases related to Jammu and Kashmir saying it cannot hear the cases due to lack of time since it was busy hearing Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute suit. CJI Gogoi, however, said that the SC bench headed by Justice Ramana will also hear the pleas challenging restrictions on the media.