‘Val­ley would’ve been volatile with­out curbs’

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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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