“Will go to Jammu and Kashmir if needed”: CJI Ranjan Gogoi

New Delhi | Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said that he will himself visit Srinagar if the situation in Kashmir is as dire as people are suggesting.

The Supreme Court has ordered this while hearing a bunch of petitions regarding Kashmir post scrapping of Article 370 which provided a special status to the state.

“We direct Jammu and Kashmir to make every endeavour to make sure normal life returns,” said a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

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“We ask for restoration to be on selective basis keeping in mind national interest,” said the judges.

Take every endeavour to restore normal life in J&K as soon as possible, the Supreme Court told the government.

The court said that every move should be made keeping in mind national interest.

“We have said all facilities should be restored keeping in mind national security. We are not carving out exceptions for any category”, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said.

“If you make a statement that it’s difficult to approach the HC, it’s a very serious statement. Is anyone coming in the way of you going to the high court? Please tell why?” CJI Gogoi asked.

The lawyer told the bench that the Kashmir shutdown is preventing people from approaching the court.

The Supreme Court has now sought a report from the J&K High Court Chief Justice on allegations that people are finding it difficult to approach the HC.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “It’s very very serious if people are unable to approach the High Court, I will myself visit Srinagar.”

“If J&K HC chief justice’s report indicates contrary, then be ready for consequences,” CJI Gogoi warned a lawyer representing one of the petitioners.

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