New Delhi, Sep 16 : The Supreme Court of India has asked the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration to ensure normal life is restored in Jammu and Kashmir as soon as possible, and to also keep in mind the national safety and security while doing so.
The top court was hearing the bunch of Petitions challenging abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir . Supreme Court asked Union Of India and Jammu & Kashmir Government to file an affidavit in the case, and fixed the matter to September 30 for further hearing.
“We direct Jammu and Kashmir to make every endevour to make sure normal life returns,” said a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
“We ask for restoration to be on selective basis keeping in mind national interest,” said the judges.
The government told the court that there had been no loss of life during the restrictions, which have been in place to avoid any backlash over the centre’s decision in August to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories.
Attorney General AG KK Venugopal said that more than 5.5 lakh people have attended OPDs across J&K for their medical treatment and dismissed the claim of Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin that people are not getting medical facilities
AG KK Venugopal, opposing the submissions of lawyer Vrinda Grover (representing Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin), said that all newspapers are getting published and many TV channels also being broadcast
Venugopal, appearing for Union of India, told the Court that landline and many other communication facilities are being provided to media professionals for their work.
The bench, which included justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer, said as the shutdown was in the Kashmir Valley, it could be dealt with by the Jammu and Kasmir High Court.