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Kashmir: Can’t jump the gun, Centre tells SC on ‘communication blackout’

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was hearing a petition filed by Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin seeking lifting of "communication blackout" in Jammu and Kashmir.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 16, 2019 2:00:48 pm
Jammu and Kashmir: Can't jump the gun, Centre tells SC on 'communication blackout' In Srinagar, on August 12, 2019. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

The Centre Friday told the Supreme Court that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was “dynamic” but would be settled “in the course of the next few days”. During a hearing on petitions relating to the situation in the state, Attorney General K K Venugopal said it wasn’t proper to “jump the gun” at this time.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was hearing a petition filed by Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin seeking lifting of “communication blackout” in J&K. Appearing for Bhasin, Advocate Vrinda Grover said the paper was being published from Jammu but not from Srinagar due to “information blackout”.

To this, the A-G told the Court that there were no curbs on any publication, and there should be another reason for its delay.

The Court said it would “give little time” before passing an order on the matter. “We would like to give little time. We have read in newspaper today that landline and broadband connections are being restored gradually. Therefore, we will take up the petition with other connected matters,” the bench said, reported news agency PTI.

“The landlines are working. We also got a call today from the CJ of J-K HC,” it added.

The bench, meanwhile, rapped advocate M L Sharma for filing a “defective” petition challenging the amendments to Article 370. The CJI said his pleadings and prayers were not discernible, to which the lawyer sought for time to amend his petition.

The matter was adjourned Friday. When asked on the next hearing, the Court said it would take a call on the administrative side. “We will see when the matter can be listed for hearing. We will fix a date on the administrative side,” the bench said.

(Inputs from PTI)

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