August 22, 2019 | 4:04 PM IST
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Omar Abdullah’s NC moves Apex Court against Centre’s scrapping of J&K special status

Omar Abdullah led National Conference (NC) has moved to the Supreme Court against the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and splitting into two union territories. The petition, filed by two party MPs Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi, termed the Presidential order –prompted by the Centre- by which Article 370 was withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir as ‘illegal’, ‘unconstitutional’, ‘void’ and ‘inoperative’. 
In its petition, NC has contested that the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act, 2019 - under which the state was divided into two union territories, is ‘constitutionally invalid’ as no ‘approval’ or ‘consent’ of the J&K Assembly was taken.
The petition also said that the Centre’s decision amounts to an overnight abrogation of the democratic rights and freedom guaranteed to the people of the state of J&K upon its accession.
It may be noted that hours before scrapping of the Article 370, NC head Omar Abdullah and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti along with several prominent political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir were placed under house arrest as a preventive measure.

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