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SC refuses to pass any order on J&K, will take up matter in 2 weeks

The Supreme Court has refused an urgent hearing of a PIL on the security clampdown in Kashmir Valley. 

Aug 13, 2019 14:25 IST
Jammu and Kashmir Curfew

The Supreme Court has refused an urgent hearing of a PIL on the security clampdown in Kashmir Valley.  The petition was filed by activist Tehseen Poonawalla challenging the Centre's decision to impose restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, following revoking of Article 370.

The petitioner Tehseen Poonawalla stated in his petition that he was not expressing any opinion on the revoking of Article 370 but simply seeking withdrawal of the curfew and restrictions on communication such as blocking of telephone lines, internet and news channels in Jammu and Kashmir.

The petition was listed for hearing on August 13 before a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, MR Shah and Ajay Rastogi. After hearing the plea, the apex court refused to pass an order for lifting of restrictions imposed by the Centre, saying that who will be responsible if something goes wrong.

The Supreme Court refused to pass immediate directions and said that it will wait for normalcy to return in J&K and will take up the matter again after two weeks. During the hearing, the central government claimed that it was reviewing the situation in  the valley daily.