Taking note of an affidavit filed by a Delhi law student, who recently returned from Kashmir, the Supreme Court today said it would consider all the issues mentioned in the document on September 16.
On August 28, the top court allowed Mohammed Aleem Syed, a law student from Jamia Millia Islamia, to visit his parents in Anantnag in Kashmir Valley and asked him to file an affidavit on his return.
His counsel placed an affidavit in a sealed cover before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer. “We have gone through your affidavit. We will consider all the issues mentioned in it on September 16,” the bench told advocate Sanjay Hegde who appeared for the student.
The apex court also issued notice to Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration on his petition and tagged it with other petitions in which identical issues were raised.”The affidavit in sealed cover be kept in safe custody of secretary general,” said the bench.
Before his visit back home, Syed had said in his plea that he is a resident of Anantnag and had not received any information about his parents since August 4 as the Centre announced its decision to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories on August 5.
The Supreme Court also fixed the pleas of Kashmir Times Editor and others on alleged communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir for hearing on September 16.
Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that even after a month of scrapping of Article 370, journalists were not allowed to move freely in the state.
However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta rubbished her claim and informed the top court that editors of Kashmir Times chose not to publish their newspaper. The Centre, in its defence, also informed the Court that contrary to what Bhasin claims, a large number of newspapers are being published from Srinagar. Attorney General KK Venugopal told the top court that step by step relaxation was being allowed in Jammu and Kashmir.