SC to hear plea for Gov­er­nor's rule in J&K next week

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The Supreme Court will next week hear the plea seek­ing di­rec­tion for

Jammu and Kash­mir gov­er­nor N N Vohra to take over the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the state in the in­ter­est of se­cu­rity, safety and fun­da­men­tal rights of the Indian cit­i­zens re­sid­ing in the Val­ley.

"We can­not com­mand the Gov­er­nor to take over the ad­min­is­tra­tion," a Bench of Chief Jus­tice TS Thakur, FMI Kal­i­fulla and AM Khan­wilkar ini­tially told se­nior coun­sel Bhim Singh, who ar­gued for the Jammu and Kash­mir Pan­thers Party, the pe­ti­tioner and his party.

The Bench made the re­mark when Singh men­tioned the PIL filed by his party and sought an early hear­ing.

The pe­ti­tioner, how­ever, pleaded that the apex court's in­ter­ven­tion was nec­es­sary to re­store or­der in the sen­si­tive bor­der state. Un­con­vinced, the Bench ad­vised him to go to the state high court func­tion­ing in Jammu and Sri­na­gar. The high court would be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to ap­pre­ci­ate his plea as it was aware of the ground re­al­i­ties, it said. Un­mind­ful of the court's sen­ti­ments, Singh per­sisted with his plea for an early hear­ing of his PIL. Fi­nally, the Bench said "next week". In the pe­ti­tion, the party said a "chaotic con­di­tion" pre­vailed in the state as the en­tire val­ley was un­der siege, with no se­cu­rity to life and lib­erty and ac­cess to wa­ter, food and medicine. Schools and col­leges re­mained closed for two weeks.

The J&K Na­tional Pan­thers Party had filed a pe­ti­tion in the apex court seek­ing di­rec­tion for the Gov­er­nor to in­ter­vene un­der sec­tion 92 of the Con­sti­tu­tion of JK and take over the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The pe­ti­tion also says that the Gov­er­nor of JK may also be di­rected to dis­solve the as­sem­bly

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