The Indian Supreme Court on Monday directed the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir and restore the internet and other communications facilities in the area, according to a report in Indian daily India Today.
The court gave the orders after hearing multiple pleas against the August 5 decision of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revoke the constitutional autonomy of Indian-occupied Kashmir. During the hearing, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi expressed concern over reports from occupied Kashmir that people were finding it extremely difficult to approach courts in the valley.
Gogoi said that it was very very serious if people were unable to approach the high court. “I will myself visit Srinagar,” he said during the hearing in order to ease fears about the matter. However, the court stopped short of passing direct orders in the pleas regarding the curfew and communicators blackout in occupied Kashmir, reported the Indian publication.
“We are not passing any orders. We have said all facilities should be restored..we are not carving out exceptions for any category.” Ranjan Gogoi was quoted as saying by India Today.
Earlier, the Supreme Court of India had decided to take up multiple pleas against the August 5 decision of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revoke the constitutional autonomy of Indian-occupied Kashmir.
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17 November, 2019