Indian SC reserves judgment on plea challenging IIOJK delimitation

The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a plea challenging the government’s decision to constitute a delimitation commission for redrawing the Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir on grounds that it violated constitutional provisions.

A bench of Justice S K Kaul and Justice Abhay S Oka heard the submissions from Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, counsel for the Election Commission and the lawyer of the petitioners.

“Arguments heard. Judgement reserved,” the bench said.

The counsel, appearing for the two petitioners, Haji Abdul Ghani Khan and Mohammad Ayub Mattoo, had argued that the delimitation exercise was carried out in contravention of the scheme of the Constitution and alteration of boundaries and inclusion of extended areas should not have been done.