The Supreme Court Friday reassured the residents of Jammu and Kashmir that it would do what it can to help people caught in violence that broke out after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter by security forces.
“If somebody needs to be taken to a hospital, we will make sure he gets medical care. We will also look at other things. We will do what we can,” said a bench led by Chief Justice T S Thakur as it sought a status report of “ground realities” from the Centre.
The bench asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to adduce a status report, detailing the situations prevailing in the Valley and the steps being taken by the authorities. “We will ask him about the ground realities…about difficulties that people are facing. The problem there is different though. Situations there change within hours. We will issue directions to help the people there although these matters cannot be judicially managed,” it observed.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by J&K Panthers Party, which wanted imposition of Governor’s rule in the state in
view of the violence.
As senior lawyer Bhim Singh, representing the party, began his arguments, the bench clarified that there was no
question of ordering Governor’s rule. However, the court agreed to take stock of the situation after Singh pleaded the bench to intervene to ensure that people get access to medical facilities and other amenities.