Srinagr, August 08: Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron National Panthers Party & Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee expressed surprise on the silence of Parliament of India on the status of Fundamental Rights to the citizens of India in J&K.
Addressing a committee of State Legal Aid Committee in Delhi, Prof. Bhim Singh expressed surprise on the dead silence of the Parliament of India on the provision of Fundamental Rights to the Indian citizens in Jammu & Kashmir. Prof. Bhim Singh told a lawyers gathering that citizens of India in Jammu & Kashmir were deprived of their Fundamental Rights in 1954 by inserting A with 35 thus adding Art. 35 A in Chapter – III of the Constitution of India which deprived citizens of Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh, Kashmir & Jammu province) of their Fundamental Rights by adding A with 35 in 1954. Prof. Bhim Singh while addressing lawyers expressed shock that President of India by his Ordinance in 1954 deprived the citizens of India in J&K of their Fundamental Rights as the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir was empowered by the President of India by this Act in 1954. This was done only to vest dictatorial power in the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir which was headed by Bakshi Gulam Mohd. This amendment by inserting Art. 35 A empowered Govt. of J&K to divest the people of Jammu & Kashmir from all Fundamental Rights. Even today it is Public Safety Act in J&K which deprives citizens of all their Fundamental Rights in J&K. No other State in India has such authority in law.
Prof. Bhim Singh told lawyers to tell the Parliament to grant Fundamental Fights to the Indian citizens in J&K also. This is possible only when dictatorial amendment is withdrawn by the President of India.