SC postpones J&K’s petition

The Supreme Court has postponed a clutch of petitions related to Jammu and Kashmir stating that the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi does not have time.

A five-judge Constitution Bench will hear the petitions. The pleas have challenged the communication blockade in the state, the alleged illegal detention of children, and the impact of restrictions on healthcare.

The ‘Kashmir Bench’ of Justices consisting of NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, Bhushan Gavai and Surya Kant will also take up a new petition filed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami.

The Supreme Court has referred 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 Constitution Bench.

Bhasin has claimed that the ‘information blackhole’ was still continuing in the Valley. In an additional affidavit on 4th September, Bhasin had said that though the administration claimed that restrictions were being withdrawn, movement of journalists in Srinagar was still curbed.

On 28th August, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre and the state administration to respond to Bhasin’s petition within seven days. Earlier, on 16th August, the Supreme Court had said it would like to give the government a little more time to review the situation.

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