SC al­lows J&K ex-CM Azad to visit Sri­na­gar and Jammu

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Dhanan­jay.Ma­ha­p­a­tra @times­group.com

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Mon­day per­mit­ted for­mer J&K chief min­is­ter and leader of op­po­si­tion in Ra­jya Sabha Ghu­lam Nabi Azad to visit Sri­na­gar, Anant­nag, Bara­mulla and Jammu dis­tricts af­ter he un­der­took not to carry out any po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

Ap­pear­ing for Azad be­fore a bench of Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi and Jus­tices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, ad­vo­cate and Congress leader A M Singhvi said Azad had made three at­tempts to en­ter the state since Au­gust 5 when the govern­ment de­cided to ab­ro­gate J&K’s spe­cial sta­tus. Singhvi said Azad wanted to talk to peo­ple to as­sess the im­pact of the de­ci­sion. “I want to talk to daily wa­gers in var­i­ous sec­tors who are im­pacted the most by the de­ci­sion. I will not in­dulge in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity or hold ral­lies,” Azad promised through Singhvi.

“We per­mit the pe­ti­tioner to go to Sri­na­gar and visit the fol­low­ing dis­tricts, sub­ject to re­stric­tions, if any: Sri­na­gar, Anant­nag, Bara­mulla and Jammu. The pe­ti­tioner has un­der­taken be­fore the court of his own vo­li­tion that he will not in­dulge in any po­lit­i­cal rally or po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity dur­ing his visit. The visit will solely be con­cerned with mak­ing an as­sess­ment of the im­pact of the present sit­u­a­tion on the life of daily wage earn­ers, if any,” the bench said.

The bench also sought re­sponses of the Cen­tre and the state govern­ment in two weeks to Azad’s pe­ti­tion ques­tion­ing the le­gal­ity of ab­ro­ga­tion of J&K’s spe­cial sta­tus.

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