Suspension of lecturer who argued against repeal of Article 370 in Supreme Court

The central government has abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. A lecturer was suspended by the education department of the Union Territory of Kashmir days after he argued against the cancellation in the Supreme Court.

School Education Department Principal Secretary Alok Kumar in the order described Senior Political Science Lecturer Zahoor Ahmed Bhatt as a “culpable officer”.

The order stated that Senior Lecturer Zahoor Ahmad Bhat had violated the provisions of the Jammu-Kashmir Civil Service Rules, Government Servant Conduct Rules and Jammu-Kashmir Leave Rules.

Subah Mehta, joint director of the school education department, has been asked to investigate Bhatt’s “conduct”.

Bhatt, who is a lawyer, appeared in the Supreme Court on Wednesday and argued for six minutes against the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, The Hindu reported.

“Centre’s move to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories in 2019 is against cooperative federalism. It is a violation of the Constitution,” Bhatt said before a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud.

”I am working as Senior Lecturer in Political Science in Jammu-Kashmir. I am finding it very difficult to teach about this beautiful constitution since 2019. Are we a democracy after 2019? If students ask, it is difficult to answer,” he said.

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