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    Answer every question raised on restrictions imposed in Kashmir: SC to J&K

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    • A bench headed by Justice NV Ramana told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the administration, that petitioners challenging the restrictions have argued in detail and he will have to answer all questions.
    • Mehta said most of the averments made by the petitioners on restrictions are "incorrect" and he will respond to each and every aspect when he argues in court.
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Jammu and Kashmir administration that it will have to respond to each and every question raised on the restrictions imposed in the erstwhile state after the abrogation of Article 370.

    A bench headed by Justice NV Ramana told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the administration, that petitioners challenging the restrictions have argued in detail and he will have to answer all questions.

    "Mr. Mehta you have to answer each and every question raised by the petitioners who have argued in detail. Your counter affidavit does not help us to come to any conclusion. Don't give the impression that you are not giving enough attention to the case," said the bench, comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai.

    Mehta said most of the averments made by the petitioners on restrictions are "incorrect" and he will respond to each and every aspect when he argues in court.

    The solicitor general said he has a status report with him but he has not filed it in the court as the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is changing every single day and would like to show to the court the exact status at the time of his submission.

    At the outset, the top court clarified that except for one petition it does not have any detention matters pending before it.

    "We are not hearing any detention matters with regard to Jammu and Kashmir. We are currently hearing two petitions filed by Anuradha Bhasin and Ghulam Nabi Azad which are on restrictions in freedom of movement, press, etc," it said, adding that only one habeas corpus petition is pending.

    It said only one habeas corpus (against detention of a business man) is pending because the petitioner had simultaneously moved before the J&K high court and the Supreme Court.

    "Now they have withdrawn from the high court and hence the petition is pending here," the bench said.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    sonykuty Sundaramoorthy264 days ago
    It is OK. If all questions are answered in a one-liner - In the interest of National Security- then what happens. The court will get clean bowled. Government has neither a soul to plead nor a body to slap is the famous idiom.
    Devidas Telakat264 days ago
    very exercise of defence power open to judicial scrutiny? Even in peace time it is available at a minimum which because it is a high purpose power will vary according to the necessity of the moment which has to be assessed by army professionals,not judges. When stones were used lethally against the armed forces,the SC prescribed response with pellets! Does an army man lose his right of private defence?He may use attacking force outside private defence only under orders of his superior.But right of private defence is not so conditioned.
    Rajendra Kumar264 days ago
    If Courts are more concerned then why Judges do not take over administration for a year and let Gulam Nabi Ajad be their advisor.
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