‘Valley would’ve been volatile without curbs’
The court asked the Centre and the state to file response affidavits to a host of petitions challenging the August 5 decision and the rationale behind clampdown on mobile phone and internet services in the Valley. The SC posted all petitions for further hearing on September 30.
Appearing for the Centre and J&K, respectively, attorney general K K Venugopal and solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the court that the spate of petitions questioning the rationale behind suspension of communications was surprising as none of them moved the SC or the HC in 2016 when, after Burhan Wani’s death in an encounter, the then state government suspended telecommunications services for three months.
While defending the impo
STRAY INCIDENT: sition of curbs, the governments said curbs were being eased gradually. “If these steps had not been taken, there would have been an extremely volatile situation in the Valley. The policy decision taken and implemented on the ground should not be reversed by the SC so that Kashmir and the country do not face a long period of strife,” the law officers said.
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A road blockade near the residence of NC’s Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar