Cancellation of suspension of lecturer who argued against repeal of Article 370

Zahoor Ahmed Bhatt, a senior lecturer in political science who had argued in the Supreme Court against the central government’s abrogation of the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir, had been suspended. The Bar and Bench reported that the Jammu and Kashmir administration has now revoked his suspension.

Bhatt had appeared in the Supreme Court and argued against revoking the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir. He was suspended two days later on August 25.

“The Centre’s move to divide Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories in 2019 is against the union system and is a violation of the Constitution,” he told the court.

“In the school education department order, Bhat has been termed as a ‘criminal’. “They have violated the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Rules, Jammu and Kashmir Government Servants Conduct Rules and Jammu and Kashmir Leave Rules,” the order said.

After Bhatt’s suspension, senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Rajiv Dhawan raised the matter in the Supreme Court on August 28.

Sibal said he was suspended for appearing in the Supreme Court and arguing against the Centre’s action. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asserted that there are other issues related to Bhatt’s suspension.

“They also argue in different courts and there are other issues,” Mehta said.

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