“Govt should get some time”: Supreme Court on petition against Article 370

Petitioner Tehseen Poonawala also demanded that the Supreme Court should form a judicial commission to investigate the ground reality.


New Delhi| A petition of Congress supporter Tehsin Poonawala against the restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir was heard in the Supreme Court today. The Apex Court has refused to intervene in the matter at present. The Supreme Court has said that the government is reviewing the situation every day. They should get a chance for a few days. If the court intervenes today, this will increase complexity. The matter will now be heard after two weeks.

Poonawala had also demanded the removal of curfew from Jammu and Kashmir, the ban imposed on phone-internet and news channels. During the hearing, the Supreme Court asked the government how long the restrictions will continue in the state. The government said that the situation there is very sensitive and sanctions are in everyone’s interest. The Supreme Court refused to immediately pass any order about lifting the ban in Jammu and Kashmir.

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The government said- We are reviewing the situation of the state every day. Not a single drop of blood fell there, no one died. After this, the Supreme Court postponed the hearing for two weeks saying that they would wait to see what happens there. The Center told the Supreme Court – In 2016, it took 3 months for a similar situation to become normal. The government is trying to bring the situation under control as soon as possible.

Center violating fundamental rights: Poonawala

Poonawala demanded that the court should issue an order to release leaders like former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. He also demanded that the court should form a judicial commission to investigate the ground reality. He claimed that the central government has violated the fundamental rights of Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution.

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