SC hits out at Centre over Kashmir curbs

SC hits out at Centre over Kashmir curbs


The Supreme Court has  rapped the Central Government and asked what it planned on the ongoing restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir and how long it intended to continue with those.

Following the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special powers to the state in August this year, the Centre had imposed restrictions, like internet blockade in the region, among other things.

Hearing the plea challenging the restrictions on movement and communication blockade imposed by the state administration in the Valley, a three-judge Bench said even as authorities imposed restrictions, that must be reviewed from time to time.

'You have to come out with a clear reply. You have to find out other methods to deal with it. How long do you want these restrictions? You may impose restrictions for national interest but they have to be reviewed from time to time,' the three-judge Bench headed by Mr. Justice N V Ramana said. The case will be next heard on November 5.

While the government said that the said restrictions  had been removed in nearly 99 per cent of the area, the petitioners said the internet shutdown continued even after two months.