New Delhi, August 18 (KMS): Six petitioners, including two former high-ranking military officers, have approached the Supreme Court of India to challenge the Indian government move to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcate it into two union territories.

The petitions, including those filed by former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak and retired Major General Ashok Mehra, said taking such a legislative step without the affirmation or sanction of the people of Kashmir violated the constitutional imperative of Jammu and Kashmir.

The other petitioners are Radha Kumar, a former Interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir; Hindal Haidar Tyabji, a former IAS officer belonging to the Jammu and Kashmir cadre; Gopal Pillai, a former Union Home Secretary; and Amitabha Pande, a former Secretary of Indian government.

New Delhi had stripped Iok of its special status and bifurcated it into two union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir in a surprise move on August 5.

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