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Article 370: SC permits Sitaram Yechury to visit J&K with a strict condition


New Delhi, Aug 28: The Supreme Court has allowed a Jamia Milia students to travel to Anantnag to meet his parents. The court has also ordered that he be given protection while travelling to Jammu and Kashmir.

While hearing a petition filed by Sitaram Yechury seeking permission to go to meet a party general secretary in J&K, the same was objected to by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The SG said that this could be purely for political purposes.

Article 370: SC permits Sitaram Yechury to visit J&K with a strict condition

Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi tells Yechury, 'just remember that you are going to meet a friend (Yousuf Tarigami) and will do nothing else." To Mehta's objection, the CJI said if he does anything else, you can stop him and report back. If a citizen wants to go to a part of a country, he must get access, the CJI also told the J&K government.

Abrogation of Article 370: Constitution Bench of Supreme Court to hear matter

Yechury, then gave an undertaking through his counsel that he is going to J&K only to meet his party colleague. The court recorded that if Yechury does anything else, it would be construed as a violation of the court order.

The court was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, revoking the special status of J&K.

While the petition against the scrapping of Article 370 has been filed by advocate M L Sharma, National Conference MPs Mohd Akbar Lone and Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi have challenged the changes made in the constitutional status of J&K by the Centre.

They have also been joined by former IAS officer Shah Faesal and former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid and several others including eminent persons like Radha Kumar.

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