SC says it will not pass any orders on the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir; normalcy will be restored keeping in mind ‘national security’

SC says it will not pass any orders on the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir; normalcy will be restored keeping in mind national security

Making it clear that it will not pass any order on restoration in Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court on Monday said that “normalcy should be restored in J&K on a selective basis by keeping in mind the “national safety” and “security”.

The Court on Monday heard a batch of petitions related to Kashmir following the scrapping of provisions under Article 370 and directed the Central government to make all efforts to restore normalcy in the state. The apex court has also directed the government to file an affidavit on the petitions challenging the abrogation of the provisions under Article 370.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer said that normalcy should be restored in J&K on a selective basis by keeping in mind the “national safety” and “security”. It also said that as the shutdown is in the Kashmir Valley itself, “can be dealt with Jammu and Kashmir High Court”.

The Supreme Court bench also refused to pass any order on restoration in Jammu and Kashmir and said, “We are not passing any orders. We are saying restore keeping in mind national security. We have said all facilities should be restored keeping in mind national security. We are not carving out exceptions for any category.”

The Supreme Court has allowed Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Kashmir but directed the Congress leader to not indulge in any political rally or make speeches while in Kashmir.

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