No turning back now that Article 370 has been repealed, says IAS official Shah Faesal
Nadia Farooq

Jammu, July 4: IAS official Shah Faesal stated on Tuesday that Article 370 is dead and gone, days before a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is set to hear a batch of arguments pertaining to the abrogation of Article 370.

Many Kashmiris, like me, consider (Article) 370 to be obsolete. Both the Jhelum and the Ganga now flow into the vast Indian Ocean. No turning back at this point. Faesal tweeted, “There is only moving ahead.


After the provisions of Article 370 were annulled and the former state of Jammu and Kashmir was partitioned into Union territories in August 2019, Faesal, an officer in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from the 2010 batch, was held for almost a year. In January of 2019, he resigned from his position and established the political organisation Jammu Kashmir People’s Movement.

Faesal, who is both a doctor and a government official, submitted his resignation, but the government would not accept it.

In 2019, Faesal contested the Central government’s elimination of Article 370 by filing a suit with the Supreme Court. Faesal was restored in April 2022 after the government granted his request to revoke his resignation. In the same month that he contested the elimination of Article 370, Faesal asked the court to remove his name from the list of petitioners.

A five-judge Constitution panel led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud will hear a batch of petitions challenging the government’s decision to revoke Article 370, which granted Jammu and Kashmir a special status, on July 11. This comes almost four years after the government revoked Article 370.

A notification stating that the bench would hear the requests for passing directives was posted to the website of the highest court on Monday.



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