SC jam packed: Article 35A, Love Jihad, BCCI, and Aadhaar
The Supreme Court is expected to be packed in its schedule on Monday, October 30th, 2017, with high profile cases regarding J&Ks autonomy, Aadhaar, BCCi reforms, and Love Jihad. This makes today one of most important days in India.
Arguments regarding the Aadhar cases are to be heard today by Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan. The petitions filed by the government of West Bengal challenges the move to make Aadhaar mandatory to avail social benefits. Along with this, the plea of linking a mobile number and the Aadhaar number will also be heard.
J&Ks autonomy (Article 35A) will be another case taken up by the SC today, wherein the constitutional validity of the article will be challenged. The petitions have been filed in order to scrap the provisions. The challenges in the plea are mostly against the violation of property rights of women when they marry outside the state. These rights also apply to their sons.
Another matter regarding the issue of Love jihad will also be taken up by the apex court today, wherein the marriage of a 24 year old’s to a muslim man will be discussed. The matter was adjourned previously on a verbal spat between opposing lawyers. A hindu girl in Kerala converted to Islam to marry Jahan, but was alleged later to have been recruited by the Islamic State in Syria.
Justice Dipak Misra is going to hear the petitions which demand rigid guidelines to the safety of children in private schools, today. The cases have been filed after an 8 year old boy was found murdered in a top Gurugram school. The issues regarding exploitation of private school children and their safety will be taken up.
Another significant matter regarding the BCCI Lodha Reforms will also be taken up today. The reforms have not been implemented since their last judgement was announced on July 18, 2016. A draft BCCI constitution has been prepared and suggestions by the Lodha Committee were also included in it.