SC refuses to pass directions on lifting of restrictions in J-K


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass directions on the lifting of the restriction imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra refused to pass immediate directions to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government on a plea regarding this.

The three-judge bench was hearing the petition filed by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla on the Centre's decision to impose restrictions and other regressive measures in Jammu and Kashmir.

During the hearing, the bench also comprising Justices M R Shah and Ajay Rastogi, said that it will wait for the return of normalcy and take up the matter after two weeks.

The bench added that the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir was very sensitive and some time should be given for bringing back normalcy in the region.

The bench said that it should be ensured that there is no loss of life there.

On August 5, the government had revoked some provisions of Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status and brought in a bill for splitting the state into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah later withdrew the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha, saying that the clauses incorporated in the legislation will automatically come into effect in the two new Union Territories.

On August 6, the Parliament had approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.


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