Supreme Court asks Centre to clarify on restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir

10/24/2019

Jammu: The new Union Territories will come into existence from October 31. Meanwhile, the apex court also allowed Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice Geeta Mittal to file an additional report on the access of the judiciary by people in the region in the wake of abrogation of Article 370.
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the central government that how long it intends to continue with the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 in the region in August.
"How many days you want restrictions? It`s already two months now. You have to come clear on this and you have to find out other methods," said a three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana.
"You may impose restrictions, but you have to review your decisions. Do you?" the bench said. The Centre said that over 90 per cent restrictions have been lifted in Jammu and Kashmir and the situation is being reviewed daily."
About Internet restrictions, people ultimately need to have a mode of communication," the bench said. The top court posted the matter for hearing on November 5.
On August 5, the central government had abrogated Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution that granted special powers to Jammu and Kashmir and passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act 2019, bifurcating the former state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without one.