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