Will visit Srinagar myself to see if people are unable to access high court, says India’s top judge – World

The president of the Supreme Court of India, Ranjan Gogoi, said Monday that he would visit the largest occupied city of Kashmir, Srinagar, to see if people could not access the superior court of the region, India today reported, but did not approve any order concerning the restoration of normalcy.

He made comments during the hearing of a petition filed by activists for the rights of the child Enakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha, whose lawyers said that people in the region could not access the Superior Court of Jammu and Kashmir due to a blockade imposed by the government that has been in place for more than a month.

The appeal was one of many filed by members of civil society regarding the ongoing repression in occupied Kashmir. The Indian government imposed a strict confinement on occupied Kashmir last month before revoking the special status of the region.

While listening to the appeal of Ganguly and Professor Sinha, the President of the Gogoi Supreme Court said: "If you make a statement that it is difficult to approach HC [high court], is a very serious statement. Does anyone get in your way going to the superior court? Why say why?

According to the lawyer, the closure in the region prevented people from approaching the court, India today reported.

When looking for a report from the president of the superior court of the region, the superior judge said: "It is very, very serious if people cannot approach the superior court; I will visit Srinagar myself."

In addition, he warned a lawyer of one of the petitioners that if the report was contrary to what they said, then they should be "prepared for the consequences."

The Supreme Court of India has also asked the center to "do everything possible to restore normalcy in Kashmir as soon as possible."

According to India today, a court bank refused to approve any order on the restoration of the disputed region, but said the restoration would be done "selectively, taking into account national interests."

"We are not approving any orders. We are saying to restore taking into account national security. We have said that all facilities must be restored taking into account national security. We are not setting exceptions for any category," said the president of the court, Gogoi.

The superior court of India also allowed Ghulam Nabi Azad, a congressional leader and opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, to visit the occupied Jammu and Kashmir, India today reported.

While granting permission, the Supreme Court asked Azad to interact with people in the region and submit a report on the situation. He also told Azad not to participate in any political rally, the report adds.

Azad was among a delegation of the main opposition leaders of India, including former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who were sent back after landing in Srinagar on August 24.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1505526/will-visit-srinagar-myself-to-see-if-people-are-unable-to-access-high-court-says-indias-top-judge

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