Answer every question raised on restrictions imposed in Kashmir: Supreme Court to J&K
The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it had been relaxing the curbs imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of special provisions of Article 370 and claimed that the pleas alleging 'complete clampdown' was incorrect and irrelevant.
Solicitor-general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and union territory Jammu and Kashmir, commenced his submissions before a bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana and justified certain restrictions imposed in the region after the abrogation of special provisions under Article 370 that gave special status to erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The bench, also comprising Justices R. Subhash Reddy and B. R. Gavai, said that petitioners challenging the restrictions have argued in detail and the Jammu and Kashmir administration will have to answer all questions.
'Mr. Mehta you have to answer each and every question raised by the petitioners who have argued in detail. Your counter affidavit does not help us to come to any conclusion. Don't give the impression that you are not giving enough attention to the case,' said the bench.
Mehta said most of the averments made by the petitioners on restrictions are 'incorrect' and he will respond to each and every aspect when he argues in court.
The solicitor-general told the bench that relaxations have been given in the region since August 13 and it was not a complete clampdown as projected by petitioners and said that the pleas, including one filed by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, alleging restrictions, are incorrect, irrelevant and have out-lived their utility.
He said that various central legislations were not applicable in the state before abrogation of Article 370 and laws such as Right to Information and prohibition of child marriage were not applicable to the state earlier.
The solicitor-general told the bench that the authorities have applied their minds in imposing or lifting curbs in the region and services such as post-paid mobile service restarted on October 14 in Jammu and Kashmir.
'Schools have reopened, moreover 917 schools were never shut after abrogation of Article 370,' Mehta told the bench.