New Delhi: The Supreme Court today allowed CPI leader Sitaram Yechury to visit Kashmir for meeting his friend and colleague Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami.
Supreme Court, while hearing a batch of petitions questioning the validity of the Central Government’s decision to remove the special status of Jammu & Kashmir, asked Yechury to meet party leader Yousuf Tarigami as a friend, and not for any political purpose.
“We will permit you to go, you are the general secretary of a party. Don’t go for anything else,” said Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.CJI Gogoi also allowed Mohammad Aleem Syed, one of the petitioners in the case, to travel to Anantnag to meet his parents.
The court directed the Jammu and Kashmir Government to provide police protection to him.
The Supreme Court also issued a notice to constitute a 5-judge bench to hear all matters challenging the abrogation of Art 370. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected to the notice of the court.
On August 13, the Supreme Court after hearing the petition seeking withdrawal of curfew, blocking of phone lines, internet, news channels and other restrictions from Jammu and Kashmir, had postponed the matter for two weeks.
‘How long you are going to continue this?’ the top court had asked the government on the petition filed by Tehseen Poonawalla.
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal replied that it was a highly sensitive situation and was in the interest of everyone.
‘We are reviewing the day-to-day situation. It’s a highly sensitive situation, it’s in the interest of everyone. Not a single drop of blood has been shed, no one died,’ said Venugopal.
The Apex court had said, ‘we post the matter for hearing after two weeks and we will see what happens.’