Zahoor Ahmad Bhat

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Zahoor Ahmad Bhat is an advocate, a senior lecturer of political science, at Government Higher Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar.[1][2] Bhat hails from Budgam.[2]

On 25 August 2023, Bhat was removed from his place of posting and was attached to the office of the Director School Education, Jammu.[3]

Educational Background

Bhat has done LLB from University of Kashmir. He has done PG in Political Science from Delhi University. He has completed PG in Economics at IGNOU. Currently he studies Leadership and Public policy at Harvard University.

Arguments against Abolition of Article 370

On August 23 2023, Bhat appeared in the Supreme Court of India and pleaded against the abrogation of Article 370.[4][5] Bhat told Supreme Court,

He argued that J&K’s special status was downgraded and split into two Union Territories in violation of the morality of Indian constitution. He said,

Suspension

On August 25 2023, Jammu and Kashmir administration suspended Bhat from the Union Territory’s education department.[6] [7] The suspension order made a reference to Bhat's appearing before the Supreme Court.[5]

Reaction

Bhat's suspension was questioned by DY Chandrachud after the matter was brought to his notice by Kapil Sibal. Chandrachud observed the suspension being in succession to Bhat's appearing in the hearing of Article 370.[8]

Reacting to Bhat's suspension, Mehbooba Mufti wrote in a tweet,

“This is just the tip of the iceberg. Since the illegal abrogation of Article 370, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have to choose. Either be mute spectators and watch their livelihood, jobs and land being snatched or face the music for raising their voice. It’s a Hobson’s choice laden with deadly consequences. Every Kashmiri can’t afford to knock on the doors of the SC.”

Omar Abdullah tweeted,

"Grateful to @KapilSibal for raising the issue of Zahoor Bhat in the Supreme Court. Zahoor is a lecturer who was suspended immediately after he returned to the valley having argued his petition in front of the Constitution Bench against the events of 5th Aug 2019."

References

  1. "J&K lecturer suspended for appearing in SC, arguing for petitioners in Article 370 case". The Indian Express. 2023-08-26. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Network, KL News (2023-08-28). "Lecturer Zahoor Bhat's Suspension Reaches Supreme Court". Kashmir Life. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  3. "SC Comes To Rescue Of Suspended Jammu And Kashmir Lecturer Who Argued Against Abrogation Of Article 370". Outlook. 30 August 2023. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  4. Ashiq, Peerzada (2023-08-26). "Kashmiri lecturer suspended days after pleading against abrogation of Article 370 in SC". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Staff, Scroll (2023-08-28). "SC asks Centre why Kashmiri lecturer was suspended after he argued against abrogation of Article 370". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  6. Ashiq, Peerzada (2023-08-26). "Kashmiri lecturer suspended days after pleading against abrogation of Article 370 in SC". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  7. Network, KL News (2023-08-28). "Lecturer Zahoor Bhat's Suspension Reaches Supreme Court". Kashmir Life. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  8. Staff, Scroll (2023-08-28). "SC asks Centre why Kashmiri lecturer was suspended after he argued against abrogation of Article 370". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2023-08-31.

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