SC issues notice on Article 370 petitions, case to be heard in October.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that citizens have a right to go to J&K and allowed a student and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit J&K to check on family and friends and issued notices on a bunch of petitions challenging the government move to hollow out Article 370.
A bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said: “Citizens have a right to go to J&K”. But he added a caveat they must not do anything else i.e. indulge in political activities that could create problems for the central government. The CJI said that the government could deny them the chance to do anything else.
The bench also issued notices on a bunch of petitions on Article 370 — challenging the manner and mode in which recent changes have been made to it. Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed the court notices saying it was a sensitive issue.
Mehta said that Pakistan would take advantage of this and any notice will have cross border ramifications.
The Attorney General said that anything done in this case would be taken to the United Nations. But the CJI issued notices to the central government to explain these changes. The issue will now be heard in October by a five judge bench, he said.
The bench also issued notices on another petition filed by a J&K editor on the information blackout due to the the communication lock down imposed in the state. These restrictions must go, lawyer Vrinda Grover said. But the CJI led 3 judge bench ignored her request.
The bench also ignored a student’s plea to interfere with the executive decision to impose restrictions on use of telecom facilities in the state. This amounts to human rights violations, the young lawyer said. But CJI rejected his plea.