Article 370: Time Should Be Given For Normalcy To Return says SC

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New Delhi, Aug 13 : The Supreme Court is set to take up a plea challenging the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of the provisions of Article 370.

Supreme Court said, “will consider an urgent listing of plea filed by Anuradha Bhasin, the Executive Editor of Kashmir Times challenging the restriction on working journalists in the Kashmir valley in the wake of the revocation of Article 370”.

The plea filed by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla is listed for hearing before a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, MR Shah and Ajay Rastogi.

Another petition has been filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, seeking removal of restrictions imposed on working of journalists in the state after the scrapping of provisions of Article 370 is likely to be mentioned for urgent listing in the apex court.

Poonawalla has sought a direction from the top court for the release of leaders like former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who are under detention.

He said that he is not expressing his view on abrogation of ARticle370 but seeking withdrawal of ‘curfew/ restrictions’ and other alleged regressive measures including blocking of phone lines, Internet and news channels in J&K.

He has further sought setting up of a judicial commission to inquire into ground realities there.

The activist has claimed that the decisions that have been taken by the Centre violate fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution.

“The inhabitants of the state of J&K are suffering on account of unwarranted imposition of curfew and/or restrictions under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, preventive arrests, snapping of phone lines, suspension of internet services, media gag,barred access to healthcare, educational institutions, banks, public offices, shops and establishments and all other basic amenities,” the plea said.

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