SC seeks report from Centre on 'ground realities' in J&K

Police arrests Chairman of Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq after he defied his house detention and led a protest march towards Jamia Masjid at Nigeen in Srinagar on Friday Photo: PTI
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to file a status report detailing "ground realities" prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in the Valley by security agencies.

A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur, however, did not issue notice on the Public-Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by senior advocate and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) leader Bhim Singh seeking imposition of Governor's rule in the state.

"We will ask the Solicitor General (Ranjit Kumar) to file the status report as to what are the ground realities," the bench also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said and cautioned Singh not to take "political mileage" of the court proceedings.

Terming the situation in the Valley as "different" which changes on "hourly" or "daily" basis, the court said, "Make sure, you make no political overtones in this proceedings or we will come down heavily on you if we come to know that you are taking political mileage of the court proceedings."

The court, which was initially reluctant to entertain the PIL, said that the situation in the state cannot be "managed judicially" as it is a "political" issue.

The senior advocate said that due to the use of pellet guns, persons are becoming blind and there are no medicines and medical facilities available to the citizens.

The court asked Singh about his visits to the Valley and said, "bring us one person who is unable to go to the hospital due to the prevailing condition. Bring before us one such person who has specific grievance. For one whole year, you have not visited Kashmir and you are coming to the court."

Earlier, the court had agreed to hear the plea seeking imposition of Governor's rule in the state on account of prevailing law and order situation there.

The plea has said that Governor's rule under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir should be imposed and sought a direction to the Governor to dissolve the Assembly "which has failed to discharge its duties and functions".

"The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been chaotic and there is no public order in existence as such, the lawyer had contended."

The plea said, "there is literally rule of the gun and the people in the Valley have no access to even water or medical stores... The people in Jammu and Kashmir have been forced to stay inside their house and homes without food, medicines or other essential commodities needed for human survival," it said.

The plea sought direction to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to intervene under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir and take over the administration in the state in the interest of security, safety and fundamental rights of the Indian citizens.

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