Schools, government offices will re-open in Kashmir soon

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16 Aug 2019

Kashmir: Days after lockdown, schools, offices could re-open on Monday

After days of lockdown, Kashmir's residents may get respite on Monday as schools and government offices could be re-opened, NDTV reported quoting sources. However, the decision will be taken after studying the on-ground situation.

On Friday, the Centre also told the Supreme Court that restrictions in Kashmir would be lifted in the next few days.

The situation is improving, the Centre added.

What happened

Centre sent heavy troops to J&K before revoking Article 370

Centre sent heavy troops to J&K before revoking Article 370

Before Centre made the massive announcement of revoking Article 370 and dividing J&K into two union territories, it sent forces to the state to deal with any fallout.

Since August 4, prohibitory orders have been imposed in Kashmir, which directly affected the day-to-day lives of residents.

The restrictions were lifted from Jammu on Wednesday, but Kashmir remained under a strict vigil.

Plea

Journalist approached SC, said communication lines must be restored

Earlier in the day, a special bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices SA Bobde and Abdul Nazeer, heard a petition filed by Kashmir Times executive editor Anuradha Bhasin.

She sought restoration of all communication lines so that media can function properly.

"If press identities are respected and permitted to travel, it will help," lawyer Vrinda Grover, appearing for Bhasin, said in court.

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Proceedings

Interestingly, Justice Bobde said he received a call from J&K

Interestingly, Justice Bobde said he received a call from J&K

On her plea, CJI Gogoi said, "I have read in the media report that restrictions on landline and broadline are likely to be removed by the evening today."

Further, Justice Bobde remarked that he received a call from Chief Justice of J&K High Court.

Thereafter, Grover submitted in her response that only a few landlines have been made functional.

Courtroom exchange

No curbs have been imposed on publications: Centre

Also, Grover argued that the paper was being published from Jammu, and not Srinagar, because of, what she called, an "information blackout".

Responding to this, Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said no restrictions have been imposed on publications.

If the Jammu edition can be published, then why can't it be published from Srinagar, Venugopal asked.

Arguments

Trust the agencies, situation will be settled soon: Solicitor General

Trust the agencies, situation will be settled soon: Solicitor General

Meanwhile, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said petitioners shouldn't jump the gun and knock on SC's doors regarding the situation in the border state.

"Let security agencies be trusted. Over the next few days, the situation will be settled," the senior law officer added.

SC agreed to hear the matter related to restrictions later but didn't fix a date for the hearing.

What happened

Separately, bench reprimanded lawyer for filing "meaningless" petition

Separately, the special bench pulled up advocate ML Sharma for filing a shoddy plea challenging the Centre's Kashmir move.

"What kind of petition is this? What are you challenging, what are your pleadings. I read your petition for half an hour. I couldn't understand it," CJI Gogoi said angrily.

Sharma, a lawyer-activist, assured he will file an amended plea.

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