The Supreme Court today issued a notice in Kashmir Times Editor, Anuradha Bhasin’s plea challenging the media restrictions and communications shut down in Jammu and Kashmir. The Court has sought the response of the Central Government in the matter. The Centre is expected to file its response within seven days.
The Court today also issued a notice on the plea filed by activist Tehseen Poonawalla, which makes similar prayers for the relaxation of restrictions imposed in the valley. Poonawalla’s petition has been tagged with Bhasin’s petition.
Registering his objection to the “present grim and lockdown situation ongoing in J&K”, Poonawalla had moved the Court praying for the withdrawal of restrictions imposed following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, the release of detained leaders in Jammu and Kashmir and the appointment of a judicial commission to ascertain the ground reality in Jammu and Kashmir.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta today took objection to Poonawala’s petition, stating that he is an activist who makes television appearances. However, the Court did not entertain the objection and proceeded to issue notice returnable in seven days.
The matter was taken up today by a Special Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer.