Article 370: SC reserves verdict on J-K restrictions

Article 370: SC reserves verdict on J-K restrictions

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New Delhi, Nov 27: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on petitions challenging the validity of restrictions, including on communications, imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, post Article 370 abrogation and its bifurcation into two Union Territories.

"We are reserving the judgement on these petitions on the information blockade ," ruled the Justice N V Ramana-headed bench .

The apex court heard detailed arguments and submissions from petitioners and respondents.

Plaintiffs included senior Indian National Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and 'Kashmir Times' executive editor Anuradha Bhasin.

The petitioners stated that the information blockade after the abrogation of article 370 in J-K is illegal and there is no justification of imposing section 144 and other restrictions there.

Union of India opposed the arguments of the petitioners, affirming that the restrictions were imposed in J-K keeping in view law and order and national security.

Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing for UOI, submitted to the three-judge bench that the government had imposed restrictions on communication, including telephone and mobile connections, only to prevent any breach of the peace.

The Supreme Court will hear the other habeas corpus petitions on Friday. (UNI)