A five-judge Supreme Court Constitution Bench will be hearing petitions which challenge the ongoing lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir and other related matters. The court had postponed the hearings saying that the three-judge bench did not have the time to hear the pleas.
CJI Gogoi has said that they don’t have time to hear so many matters and have a Constitution Bench case going on.These petitions will be heard by the Kashmir Bench.
Justices NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, Bhushan Gavai and Surya Kant are part of the Kashmir Bench and will be hearing the pleas that have challenged the communication blockade in the state, the alleged illegal detention of children, and the impact of restrictions on healthcare.
They will also take up a new petition filed by CPI (Marxist) leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami that challenges the validity of the revocation of the state’s special status. The Supreme Court has also referred to a plea filed by Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin and an application by child rights expert Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha to the Bench.
Bhasin has claimed that the information blackhole in the Kashmir Valley was still continuing and added that despite the administration’s claims that restrictions were being withdrawn, movement of journalists in Srinagar was being curbed.
On 28th August, the Supreme Court asked the Centre and the state administration to respond to the petition within seven days.
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