Review decisions in Jammu and Kashmir’: Supreme Court pulls up Centre over continued restrictions

Wahid Bhat |Srinagar

The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Central government over the continued restrictions across Jammu and Kashmir and asked how long does it intend to continue imposing them. The top court reminded the government that it has been over two months since the restrictions were imposed in the Valley and it is time they are reviewed. The next date of hearing in the matter has been scheduled on November 5.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana asked the government, “How many days you want the restrictions?  It’s already been two months now. You have to come clear on this and you have to find out other methods.”

“You may impose restrictions, but you have to review your decisions. Do you?” further asked the top court. The court also stressed on the restrictions on the internet emphasizing it is an important mode of communication.

Solicitor General KK Venugopal, representing the J&K administration, explained that over 90 per cent restrictions have been eased in the state.

A day before the announcement of the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Central government imposed restrictions all across the state. Internet services were suspended while the movement of tourists in the state was also stopped.