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Chief Justice of India Gogoi stops short of fining petitioner challenging Article 370, adjourns hearing 

File photo of Supreme Court. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi Aug 16, 2019, 11.29 AM (IST) Written By: Jessica Taneja

India's top court has adjourned the hearing of petitions challening Article 370 that revoked special status to ertswhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.

The special Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi was hearing PILs that sought lifting of media and communication ban in the valley. 

The pleas will now be listed next week for hearing. 

Lawyer ML Sharma was at the receiving end of CJI's for filing frivolous PILs. Gogoi told Sharma, "What kind of petition is this? I tried to read the petition for half an hour and could not understand it. We should dismiss this, but we don't want to because it will have an effect on other petitions". 

While a lawyer suggested the CJI to impose heavy cost on serial PIL man Sharma, Gogoi refused to fine him looking at his deteriorating health conditions. 

Sharma was seen in court wearing black glasses due to an injury in his right eye and head covered in a handkerchief.

Six similar petitions have been filed related to the new developing changes in the Jammu and Kashmir valley, another petition that challenges complete lockdown of the Jammu and Kashmir has been listed for hearing next week. But Gogoi was fuming with anger at the visible defects in the petitions. 

"Four other petitions on Jammu and Kashmir also have defects which are yet to be cured. We accommodate you in between Ayodhya hearing and this is what we get in return", remarked the CJI.

Meanwhile, additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta informed the court that restrictions are being lifted in the valley. "Please trust your security agencies. We are reviewing the situation every day. We are working with the best interest in mind", he said. 

India's supreme court was hearing a plea that challenged the presidential order which had paved the way for the introduction of the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 thereby bifurcated the state into two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Another petition was filed by Kashmir Times journalist seeking lifting of restrictions on communication services and movement in Jammu and Kashmir. The plea stated that the continuing restrictions were "excessive, disproportionate and gross abuse of state power".

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An Apex court Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi was hearing PILs that sought lifting of media and communication ban in the valley.