Supreme Court Upholds Delimitation Process in Jammu and Kashmir, Dismisses Petition Challenge

New Delhi – The Supreme Court dismissed the petition challenging the delimitation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. A division bench of the Apex Court rejected the challenge against the notifications for the delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary segments in J&K.

The Centre constituted a three-panel headed by former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ranjana Desai on March 6, 2020. The panel, which also included the Chief Election Commissioner and J&K’s State Election Commissioner, was tasked with delimiting the Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of the 2011 Census and in accordance with the provisions of Part-V of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (34 of 2019) and the Delimitation Act, 2002(33 of 2002).

The Commission presented its final order on May 5, 2022, which allocated six additional seats to Jammu and one to Kashmir. Nine seats were also reserved for schedule tribes, with six in Jammu region and three in Kashmir.

The Supreme Court’s dismissal of the petition affirms the validity of the delimitation process carried out by the Commission and paves the way for the implementation of the revised assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

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