J&K Union territory status temporary, statehood restoration planned: Government tells Supreme Court

The Central government on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that the bifurcating of Jammu & Kashmir into the Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir

 Court that the bifurcating of Jammu & Kashmir into the Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir

The central government's response was conveyed to the court by SG Tushar Mehta,

fter a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, heard the pleas challenging the abrogation of Article 370.

The Supreme Court inquired about how temporary is this and when elections would be held for J&K. To which, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta responded that measures are being taken to reach the goal.

"This has to come an end... give us the specific time frame as to when will you restore actual democracy.

We want to record this,” the bench said, and asked Mehta and Attorney General R Venkataramani to seek instructions from the political executive and get back to the court.

The Centre told the court that it will make an elaborate statement on the vexatious political issue in the court on August 31.

"The union territory status of Jammu and Kashmir is not a permanent thing. So far as Ladakh is concerned, its UT status is going to remain for some time," Mehta said.

The Supreme Court also expressed its willingness to give allowance to Parliament's decision of converting J&K into two UTs in the national interest.

However, the court has asked the Union government to specify the anticipated timeline it has in mind for the restoration of statehood to J&K.

The bench observed that, “Democracy is important, although we agree that in view of the national security scenario, reorganisation of the state can be done.”