J&K HC ‘in­ac­ces­si­ble’, say ac­tivists, SC seeks re­port

SC to hear plea against 370 move

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The Supreme Court sought an im­me­di­ate re­port from Jammu & Kash­mir high court Chief Jus­tice Geeta Mit­tal on two child right ac­tivists’ claim that lit­i­gants were fac­ing dif­fi­culty in ap­proach­ing the HC af­ter the Cen­tre’s Au­gust 5 de­ci­sion to ab­ro­gate J&K’s spe­cial sta­tus.

Abench of CJI Ran­jan Go­goi and Jus­tices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer took ex­cep­tion to claim of child rights ac­tivists Enakshi Gan­guly and Shanta Sinha, who had moved the SC seek­ing a di­rec­tion to the state ju­ve­nile jus­tice board, su­per­vised by the HC, to take up cases of de­ten­tion of all un­der-18-year-old boys in Jammu & Kash­mir.

The bench sug­gested to their coun­sel Huzefa Ahmedi that since the ac­tivists wanted su­per­vi­sion by the HC, it would be ap­pro­pri­ate for them to move the state HC. Ahmedi said, “It is dif­fi­cult to ac­cess the HC in the present scenario.”

The al­le­ga­tion about re­stric­tions in ac­cess­ing the high court made the SC re­act sharply. “It is stated by senior ad­vo­cate Huzefa Ah­madi, coun­sel for the pe­ti­tion­ers, that ac­cess to the HC of J&K is se­ri­ously af­fected by the present sit­u­a­tion in the state. We re­quest the chief jus­tice of the HC to sub­mit a re­port on ASupreme

Court bench com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi and jus­tices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer on Mon­day agreed to en­ter­tain the pe­ti­tion filed by the Jammu & Kash­mir Peo­ple’s

Con­fer­ence (JKPC) chal­leng­ing the Pres­i­dent’s Rule im­posed in the state and ab­ro­ga­tion of pro­vi­sions of Ar­ti­cle 370.

the above is­sue forth­with,” the bench said.

“You (the pe­ti­tion­ers) have said some­thing which is very se­ri­ous. If re­quired, I will go to J&K my­self to find out,” the CJI said. “If peo­ple can­not ap­proach the HC, it is a very se­ri­ous thing,” he said. How­ever, the CJI also warned Gan­guly and Sinha that “if it (their al­le­ga­tion) turns out to be in­cor­rect, we will fix ac­count­abil­ity”.

CJI Go­goi said that if re­quired, he would go to J&K himself to find out if the ac­tivists’ claims were true

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