The Supreme Court of India on Monday (Sep 16) has ordered to lift curfew from Indian Occupied Kashmir and said that Jammu and Kashmir should make every effort to restore normalcy in the state that has been under lockdown for over 40 days. The court then went on to add that restoration will however be done on a “selective basis, keeping in mind national interests”.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “We are not passing any orders. We are saying restore keeping in mind national security” and added, “We have said all facilities should be restored keeping in mind national security. We are not carving out exceptions for any category.”
The Court has also allowed Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The apex court has also asked Ghulam Nabi Azad to interact with the people, check on their welfare and file a ground report on the situation in Kashmir
The Indian Supreme Court heard petitions against abrogation of provisions of Article 370, validity of imposition of President’s rule, media and communication restrictions in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJ&K), Today (Sep 16).
Earlier, a plea was filed in the Supreme Court by the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference (JKPC) challenging the President’s Rule imposed in the state and abrogation of provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Sajjad Lone-led JKPC has filed the petition through its spokesperson Adnan Ashraf, seeking President’s Rule in the state be declared unconstitutional and void.
“The impugned Constitution Order (CO) 272, dated August 5, 2019, and the consequent CO 273, dated August 5, 2019, and the consequent CO 273, dated August 6, 2019, are unconstitutional as the ‘concurrence’ of the state government taken is unconstitutional and violative of articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India,” the plea said.
The presidential order on Article 370 of the Constitution was issued pursuant to the concurrence of the Jammu and Kashmir government, despite “there being no popularly elected government” in the state, the plea said.
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