On Tuesday, 13th August, the Supreme Court heard the petition of Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala.
Poonawala also demanded the lifting of curfew from Jammu and Kashmir, the ban on phone-internet and news channels.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court asked the government how long the restrictions will continue in the state?
The government said that the situation there is very sensitive and sanctions are in everyone’s interest.
The Supreme Court refused to immediately pass any order on lifting the ban in Jammu and Kashmir.
The government said- We are reviewing the situation in the state every day. Not a single drop of blood fell there, no one died.
After this, the Supreme Court postponed the hearing for two weeks saying that we see what happens there.
The Center told the Supreme Court – In 2016; it took 3 months for a similar situation to become normal. The government is trying to control the situation as soon as possible.
The Supreme Court said that the petitioner has filed the petition in a very wrong way. The Supreme Court said that no one knows what is happening in Kashmir. Gotta trust the government. This case is very sensitive.
The Supreme Court said that we should have a real picture, this matter should not be stopped for some time. The Supreme Court has also said that they will hear this case after 2 weeks.
CENTER VIOLATES FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS: POONAWALA
Poonawala demanded that the court issue an order to release leaders like former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Set up a judicial commission to examine the ground reality. The central government has violated the fundamental rights of Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution.
The petition said, “Residents of Jammu and Kashmir are forcibly facing curfew. They have imposed section 144 in the state. And, are arresting people. They have disconnected phone lines and closed internet services. The government has locked down educational institutions, banks, government offices, shops, and other institutions, etc. They deprive the common people of basic services,”
Tehseen also said that “The entire state is surrounded by security personnel. There is an atmosphere of fear among the people. While there is no protest by any organization about the removal of Article 370. Neither are they violating any rules.”