SC tells J&K to file affidavit by Aug 21

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam noted that the administration was taking urgent steps to provide relief.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: August 14, 2013 1:42 am

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to issue any urgent direction to the Jammu and Kashmir government over Kishtwar violence and expressed trust that they would maintain communal harmony and law and order situation.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam noted that the administration was taking urgent steps to provide relief to the affected people and was also trying to evacuate the stranded Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

In order to get a clear picture of the steps taken by the state government,the Bench also asked the chief secretary of the state to file a comprehensive affidavit by August 21 in respect of the incident on August 9.

“At this moment,we can’t say that the state government is keeping mum. We are not underestimating the situation. It is a very serious matter but the state government is itself taking urgent steps,” said the Bench while refraining from passing any orders.

Senior advocate Bhim Singh,who appeared for the PIL petitioner,tried to draw the court’s attention towards various prohibitory orders imposed in the state in the wake of the violence and claimed that not only was media banned but communication channels including phone lines had also been snapped. “We cannot control the administration. They are in the field. They must be allowed to do what they think is right. They should be given a free hand. How can we sitting here say such and such restrictions should not happen,” said the court.

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