Article 370 not temporary 

Article 370 not temporary 

 The Supreme Court has made it clear that Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir is not a temporary provision.
The observation made by the Apex Court could help the Jammu and Kashmir government defend the Article 35-A more strongly. The petitions against the Article 35-A are listed for hearing in the Supreme Court on April 9.
The bench of justices A K Goel and R F Nariman said: “The issue concerned is covered by the judgement of this court in the 2017 SARFAESI matter, where we have held that despite the headnote of Article 370, it is not a temporary provision.”
The top court was hearing an appeal filed by petitioner Kumari Vijayalakshmi Jha, against the Delhi High Court’s April 11, 2017 order dismissing the plea seeking a declaration that Article 370 is temporary in nature.
Like Jha, a few NGOs and the West Pakistan Refugees, who are settled in Jammu region, have challenged the authenticity of Article 35-A, which gives special rights to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
Legal experts are of the opinion that if Article 35-A is fiddled with it could pave the way for revocation of the Article 370 and many people are working overtime to get both these Articles revoked.
If Article 35-A is fiddled with it can have far reaching consequences and lead to trouble in Kashmir. Many people in Jammu also want Article 35-A and Article 370 to remain intact. To a great extent people of both the regions believe that these Articles are must to safeguard the citizenship rights of the permanent residents.