New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a petition challenging the delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir. A bench of Justices SK Kaul and Abhay S Oka reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre. The Central Government and the Election Commission defended the decision of delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir in the court. However, the petitioners, who have challenged this decision in court, say that the process of delimitation was not followed properly. Instead of following the rules applicable in the rest of the country, isolated in Jammu and Kashmir.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the petitioner has not challenged the provisions of the laws. He said to look at the Constitution of India. The petitioner has not challenged the matter at the constitutional level. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that earlier also the constitutionally fixed number of MLAs had been reconstituted under the Reorganization Acts. The Solicitor General, opposing the petition challenging the delimitation, said that no delimitation has been done in Kashmir after 1995. The Delimitation Act was not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir before 2019.
Actually, the question was raised in the petition why it was applied only to Jammu and Kashmir and why the North-Eastern states were left out. Responding to this, Mehta said that in 2019 the delimitation has been implemented in the northeastern areas as well. But the delimitation could not be done due to internal disturbance in the north-eastern states at that time.