Timeline of 8 Key Events in the Case of Article 370

President’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir using the powers granted under Article 356 of the Constitution. This rule was extended until July 3, 2019.

December 20, 2018: President’s Rule Imposed

The Center abrogated the provisions of Article 370, which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

August 5, 2019: Abrogation of Article 370

Lawyer ML Sharma, along with Jammu and Kashmir lawyer Shakir Shabir, filed the first petition challenging the President’s order to remove Article 370.

August 6, 2019: Legal Challenge Initiated

National Conference (NC), a major political party in Jammu and Kashmir, filed a petition, asserting that the changes in statehood had taken away the rights of its citizens without their mandate.

August 10, 2019: National Conference’s Petition

The Press Council of India moved the Supreme Court, supporting the decision of the Center and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to impose restrictions on communications.

August 24, 2019: Press Council of India’s Support

The Supreme Court issued notice to the Central Government and Jammu and Kashmir Administration on the petition of the editor of Kashmir Times to lift the restrictions imposed on journalists.

August 28, 2019: Supreme Court Notice

The Supreme Court constituted a five-member Constitution bench to hear petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370.

September 19, 2019: Constitution Bench Formed

The Supreme Court sent petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision to abrogate the provisions of Article 370 to a seven-member larger bench.

March 2, 2020: Petitions Sent to Larger Bench

Supreme Court adjourns listing of petitions challenging Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 after summer vacations, following a petitioner’s request for an urgent hearing due to delimitation proceedings in Jammu and Kashmir.

April 25, 2022: Listing of Petitions Adjourned

The Supreme Court announces daily hearings starting from August 2 on the petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370.

July 11, 2023: Daily Hearings Announced

The Supreme Court begins hearings on the petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370.

August 2, 2023: Commencement of Hearings

The court reserves its verdict on the case after hearing 23 petitions for 16 days.

September 5, 2023: Verdict Reserved

The Supreme Court, while upholding the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370, mandates that elections for the Assembly in the Union Territory should be held by September 30 next year.

December 11, 2023: Upholding the Decision