Article 370: SC Urges Restoration Of J&K Statehood At Earliest, Directs ECI To Conduct Polls

The Supreme Court on Monday stressed that the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir should be restored at the earliest so that polls can be conducted to the J&K Legislative Assembly. In this regard, the apex court also directed the Election Commission of India to take steps to conduct the polls by September 30, 2024. 

“Restoration of statehood shall take place at the earliest and as soon as possible,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud while reading out the judgment on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. 

“We direct that steps shall be taken so that elections are held in Legislative Assembly of J&K by September 30, 2024,” he added.