SC refuses urgent hearing on Jammu and Kashmir Lockdown, Ex-Chief Ministers’ Arrests

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New Delhi, Aug 8 : The Supreme Court has refused to entertain the plea
filed by Tehseen Poonawalla seeking withdrawal of curfew, blocking of phone lines, internet, news channels and other restrictions in Jammu and Kahsmir.

The court refused urgent hearing on the matter of Jammu and Kashmir lockdown and the arrest of more than 100 political leaders including ex chief ministers.

The activist has sought a judicial commission probe to find out the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir. He has accused the government of violating fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution.

On the orders of Home Minister Amit Shah, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were arrested and more than 100 political leaders are under arrest. Government was concerned over backlash over the government’s decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of special status and divide into two union territories: Jammu and Kashmir with legislative assembly and Ladakh without legislative assembly.

The plea also sought “immediate release of political leaders from illegal custody”.

The state has been segregated and cut out form the rest of the world as part of a complete communications blackout, phone services and internet connections remain suspended. Top officials are using satellite phones to communicate.

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