Srinagar, Aug 29: In a significant development regarding Article 370, the Supreme Court of India Tuesday raised questions about the restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) amid the ongoing day-to-day proceedings.
According to news agency, the court’s inquiry prompted Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to provide insights into the matter, emphasizing that the status of Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory (UT) is ‘not permanent’ and that statehood will be reinstated once ‘normalcy’ returns.
The matter was brought to the attention of a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court led by incumbent CJI D.Y Chandrachud. The court’s question about the timeline for the restoration of J&K’s statehood has ignited discussions about the ongoing changes in the region’s governance structure.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the government, addressed the court’s query by asserting that Jammu and Kashmir’s status as a Union Territory was intended to be ‘temporary’. Mehta affirmed that the decision to designate it as a UT was a response to the prevailing circumstances at that time.
He further conveyed that “once the situation normalizes, the government is committed to restoring Jammu and Kashmir’s status as a state.”
The implications of this statement resonate deeply within the region and across the nation, as the status of Jammu and Kashmir has been a subject of intense debate and speculation since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.
In a separate development, it has been confirmed that Ladakh will continue to remain a Union Territory. This reaffirmation has implications for the governance structure and administration of Ladakh, which has been under the UT category since the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019.
Additionally, a ‘positive statement’ regarding the restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir is expected to be made by the Government of India on Thursday. The anticipated announcement holds potential to impact the political and social landscape of the region and will likely generate extensive discussions about the future trajectory of Jammu and Kashmir.