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SC allows Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit J&K
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SC allows Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit J&K

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Delhi, 16 Sept 2019: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday allowed Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The apex court has also asked Ghulam Nabi Azad to interact with the people, check on their welfare and file a ground report on the situation in Kashmir. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister can visit four districts -- Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla, Anantnag -- to meet people. The Supreme Court has also directed the Congress leader to not indulge in any political rally.

During the hearing, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, "He [Ghulam Nabi Azad] will not make any speeches or hold any public rally as per his own submissions."

The Supreme Court has also directed J&K High Court Chief Justice to submit a report on whether the high court is accessible for litigants or not. "I will speak personally to the high court chief justice. This is a very serious issue. If the requirement arises, I may visit Jammu and Kashmir," CJI Ranjan Gogoi said.