The Supreme Court allowed CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury to travel to Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party MLA Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami and directed the state to provide travel and police protection. The SC said the permission has been granted for the petitioners to be able to meet their family and friends and not for political activities in the state. This is after the Centre opposed Yechury’s plea saying it is being done for political purposes. The top court has warned Yechury from engaging in political activity.
The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that access to J&K must be granted to citizens. 'A citizen has a right to access any part of the country,' Gogoi said. He said if Sitaram Yechury indulges in any political activity then it will be considered to be a violation of the Supreme Court order. He asked the government to file a report against Yechury in the Supreme Court if he does anything except meet his friend.
The apex court while hearing petitions challenging the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir said that the petition will be heard by a Constitutional bench in the first week of October. The SC also issued a notice to the Centre on the plea by Kashmir Times Executive Editor, Anuradha Bhasin, seeking a direction for relaxing restrictions on the internet, landline, & other communication channels. The top court sought a detailed response from the Centre within seven days. The Supreme Court also allowed a Kashmiri student Mohammed Syed to travel to Anantnag to meet his parents in a habeas corpus plea.
The petition against the scrapping of Article 370 has been filed by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, advocate M L Sharma, National Conference MPs Mohd Akbar Lone and Justice (rtd) Hasnain Masoodi. The NC leaders have challenged the changes made in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Centre. They have also been joined by former IAS officer Shah Faesal and former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid. Civil society members such Radha Kumar also joined in the plea.