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Hearing on Article 370 by the constitutional bench of five judges

 Dozens of Petitions have been filed in the Apex court of India on the burning issues of Abrogation of Article 370 from the specially designated state of Jammu & Kashmir, ban of Internet and land line Phones including Mobile Phones.   During the 1st hearing, the Supreme Court urged all petitioner to understand the situation as it is a huge responsibility.

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A three-judge bench headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, while hearing the case, issued a notice to the central government and the Jammu and Kashmir administration in regard to the above mentioned issues.

The Supreme Court informed that in the first week of October all the petitions related to Article 370 will be heard by a constitutional bench comprises  of five senior and experienced judges.

Among the petitioners are Jamia students, CPI leader Sitaram Yechury, journalist Anuradha Bhasin were key in these rows of petitions.

The CJI said during this hearing that if a person wants to go to any part of the country, he should be allowed to go without any intervention of the state administration.

 It’s important to note down that just a few days back 11 opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi had gone to Jammu & Kashmir but the state administration didn’t allow to visit them into Srinagar after which all of them were forced back to return Delhi from the Srinagar Airport

CPI leader Sitaram Yechury has received permission from the Supreme Court to visit Kashmir. But the court has allowed him to meet only his MLA there and said that do not do any political activity there other than this personal  meeting.

The court categorically  said, “You are the general secretary of a party and we allow you to go there. But you do not have to go there for anything else.”

The court gave a clear instruction to Yechury that he would not be involved in any political activity there.

Sitaram Yechury said in a tweet that, “I will meet him, come back and report, then I will give a more detailed statement.”

He said that I will go to Srinagar to meet my comrade.

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Center on the petition of ‘Anuradha Bhasin’, executive editor of Kashmir Times newspaper. The apex court directed the central government to give a detailed reply in seven days.

‘Anuradha Bhasin’ has filed a petition in Jammu and Kashmir to relax the ban on internet, landline and other media for the better communication in the valley. The Chief Justice  also has also granted permission to ‘Jamia’ student Mohammad ‘Alim Saeed’ to visit ‘Anantnag” to meet his own parents.

The apex court has also asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to provide them police protection.Also, the court also ordered that Alim Saeed should return and file an affidavit soon after the visit to the State of Jammu & Kashmir..


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