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SC Adjourns Hearing of 'Defective' Petitions Against Reading Down Article 370

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the petition by advocate M.L. Sharma has "no meaning". 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed anguish over “defective” petitions challenging the reading down of Article 370 of the constitution.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the petition by advocate M.L. Sharma has “no meaning”.

“What kind of petition is this? It could have been dismissed but there are five other pleas with the registry,” the bench also comprising S.A. Bobde and S.A. Najeer said.

“You are not praying for setting aside the presidential order. What is the prayer it is not clear. It can be dismissed on technical grounds,” the bench said, adding that the five other petitions in the registry are also defective.

The CJI said he spent 30 minutes reading Sharma’s petition but could not make out anything.

The apex court asked lawyers to cure defects in their six petitions on Article 370 and adjourned the hearing. “In a serious matter like this, people are filing defective petitions,” remarked the CJI, according to LiveLaw.

The bench also noted that it was hearing the petition on Article 370 by breaking the combination of judges hearing the sensitive Ayodhya matter.

(With PTI inputs)