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Ghulam Nabi Azad allowed to visit Kashmir, after two failed attempts

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Monday has allowed senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Azad had moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to visit his home state to enquire about the well being of his family members. His plea is scheduled to be taken up by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister can visit four districts — Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla, Anantnag — to meet people. The Supreme Court has also directed the Congress leader to not indulge in any political rally.

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During the hearing, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “He [Ghulam Nabi Azad] will not make any speeches or hold any public rally as per his own submissions.”

The court has asked him to file a ground report after interacting with the locals in the region.

Ghulam Nabi Azad had tried to visit the state after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status but was sent back from the airport by authorities.

Ghulam Nabi Azad had on Sunday moved the Supreme Court, seeking permission to visit his home state to enquire about the well being of his family members.

After landing at the Delhi airport, Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that the situation in Srinagar was “terrifying”.

“We were not allowed to go to the city, but the situation in J&K is terrifying. The stories we heard from the passengers of Kashmir present in our flight, would bring tears even to a stone,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

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