Srinagar, Aug 29: CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday met his party colleague and four-time MLA Mohd. Yousuf Tarigami, after the Supreme Court gave permission to the former to visit Jammu and Kashmir.
According to officials, the CPI(M) General Secretary spent three hours with the ailing leader, who was under house arrest since August 5.
Mr Yechury landed at Srinagar airport at noon and he was taken to Mr Tarigami's Gupkar Road residence in Srinagar’s Civil Lines area, by the Jammu and Kashmir officials with high security.
He is the first opposition leader to visit the valley after the Union Government scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5.
The Marxist leader got the permission from the Supreme Court after he filed a habeas corpus petition, in which he had pointed out that there is no information on Mr Tarigami's whereabouts.
Considering this, the apex court allowed Mr Yechury to visit Mr Tarigami, rejecting Centre's contention, and asked the CPI(M) leader to desist from indulging in any political activity during the visit.
Earlier also, Mr Yechury tried to visit the valley to meet Mr Tarigami, who was reportedly having ill health, and other party colleagues but the state administration prevented it, citing law and order issues.
Once he returns to Delhi, Yechury will submit an affidavit to the Supreme Court about his visit to Jammu and Kashmir. (UNI)