Srinagar, Aug 29 : CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday visited the summer capital, Srinagar, and met his ailing party leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, who allegedly remained under detention since August 5, when Article 370 and Article 35 A were scrapped by the Centre.
Mr Yechury, who denied entry into the valley twice by the authorities and sent back from the airport, was allowed into Srinagar and meet Mr Tarigami, a former MLA, on the direction of the Supreme Court. Yechury had approached the Supreme Court (SC), which brushed aside the Centre’s claim that it might endanger the situation in J&K.
Official sources said Mr Yechury arrived at Srinagar International Airport on Thursday morning and straightway went to meet Mr Tarigami. However, he did not meet mediapersons or make any statement in Srinagar. Mr Yechury had, earlier this month, tried to visit Srinagar, but was stopped at Srinagar International Airport and sent back. The CPI(M) General Secretary was again prevented from entering the summer capital, when he was part of an all-party delegation led by Rahul Gandhi.
He later approached the apex court which granted him permission to visit Srinagar and meet Mr Tarigami. ''Why do you have any difficulty if a citizen of this country wants to go there and meet his friend and party colleague?'' a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was opposing Yechury’s visit to J&K.
The bench said a citizen can travel to any part of his country. The court said this in response to Mr Mehta’s claim that Yechury’s visit might affect the prevailing situation in J&K and the situation might become political.