Top Court Refuses to Pass Further Orders On Case Related to Security of Kashmiris after Pulwama Attack

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to pass any further orders in the case concerning apprehensions of attacks on Kashmiris in the wake of Pulwama Terror Attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF Personnel on February 14.

Senior Advocate Gonsalves told the Court that the petitioner was seeking steps like setting up of a helpline as well as facilitation of online registration of FIRs.

The Centre, through Attorney General KK Venugopal, apprised the Court that no violent incidents have taken place since the Court’s last order.

Taking Centre’s submission on record and after having heard Gonsalves, the Court concluded that no additional directions need to be passed in the case at the moment. The Court has directed the States to file their replies within seven days and listed the case for hearing after seven days.

Earlier the Top Court on February 22 asked the Central Government and 10 other states to file a reply on a plea seeking its intervention to prevent alleged attacks on Kashmiri students in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.

READ: Top Court Directs States to Prevent Attacks, Social Boycotts of J&K Residents; seeks response

The Top Court had on Feb 22 also asked the states to take action to ensure Kashmiris living in their states do not face social boycott and attacks. The 10 States Includes- Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, and West Bengal.

The Apex Court Bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi also directs the Chief Secretaries, the DGPs and the Delhi Police Commissioner to take quick actions to prevent attacks, boycotts, assaults, against Kashmiris and other minority groups.

Petition in the matter was filed was Advocate Tariq Adeeb seeking protection for Kashmiris amid reports of harassment and attacks on them in the wake of Pulwama Terror Attack of February 14 that claimed lives of 40 CRPF Personnel.

Earlier on February 18, Union Home Ministry issued an advisory to states and Union Territories to take necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of people belonging to Jammu and Kashmir.

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