SC hears petition on curfew-like situation in Kashmir, says will review after 2 weeks

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Supreme Court has refused to pass immediate orders on a plea that sought for lifting restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. Tehseen Poonawala, Congress activist has filed the plea in the court seeking withdrawal of restrictions. Presently, There have been many restrictions on communication and movements in the valley.

The pleas sought an order from the apex court to release the leaders like former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who are under detention. It also claimed that the centre’s decision is violative of Article 19 and Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.

A bench comprising of Justice Arun Mishra, M R Shah, and Ajay Rastogi is hearing the case. The Bench said that it will review the situation after 2 weeks, till then it will wait for the normalcy to return.

Hearing the plea, the bench asked the government on its intentions to carry on with the restrictions. The bench asked the government for how many days the Jammu and Kashmir situation is going to be like this?

To this, Attorney-general K. K. Venugopal responded that his government is reviewing the situation in the valley every day and taking gradual steps to ensure peace in the region. He told the court that the matter is sensitive and one cannot expect for an overnight change. He also told the court that there has been no blood-shedding in the region.

Tehseen Poonawalla was represented by Maneka Guruswamy in the court. She called for holding government accountable for its actions in Kashmir. Therefore, the apex court instead of rejecting the petition altogether agreed to review the situation after 2 weeks.

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