Kashmir visit: SC warns Yechuri not to ‘play politics’

While hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir the Supreme Court today permitted CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury to travel to Srinagar to meet former MLA Yousuf Tarigami.

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said, “We will permit you to go, you are the general secretary of a party. Don’t go for anything else”. If it is found that Yechury is indulging in any other activity except meeting his colleague, then it will be construed as a violation of court order.

SC warned Yechury that the permission to visit Srinagar is only for meeting the party colleague and nothing else. “If he goes here and there, then the authorities can stop him,” the apex court said.

Considering the Habeas Corpus petition by Kashmiri student, the Supreme Court allowed the petitioner to travel to Anantnag, meet his parents. The court also directed the state to facilitate travel and to provide police protection.

The Supreme Court on also decided to examine the legal challenge against the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and referred the matter to a five-judge Constitution bench.

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