New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday said he will pay a personal visit to Jammu and Kashmir if the need arises. He said he wanted to see whether litigants there have real difficulties in approaching the courts, a News18 report said.

“If requirement arises, I may visit Jammu and Kashmir,” Gogoi told in the Supreme Court while replying to senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, who claimed that there are extreme difficulties in accessing the High Court under the alleged lockdown situation in the erstwhile state.

Meanwhile, the top court has asked the Centre to ensure that normal life is restored in Jammu and Kashmir while keeping in mind the national safety and security. “We direct Jammu and Kashmir to make every endeavour to make sure normal life returns,” said a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

“Restoration will be on selective basis keeping in mind national interests,” the court told the Centre.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer also said as the so-called shutdown is in the valley itself, then it can be dealt by the Jammu and Kasmir High Court.

Further, the Supreme Court today permitted senior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Srinagar, Baramulla, Anantnag and Jammu. Following the apex court’s ruling, the Congress leader expressed gratitude and was reported as saying, “I’ll present my report before the Supreme Court. I am happy that no less than CJI has show his concern and he has held that he should visit J&K and see how things are moving.”