J&K: SC refuses to lift restrictions, says Centre should be given more time to restore normalcy

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass any orders on lifting the restrictions placed in Jammu and Kashmir, and said the Centre should be given more time to restore normalcy in the region, Live Law reported.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla against the restrictions and “other regressive measures” taken by the Centre over the past week. The state has been under a tight security and information clampdown since August 4, a day before the Centre announced that it was revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcating the state into Union Territories. Prohibitory orders were relaxed in parts of the state on Friday but they were reportedly reimposed on Monday.

The bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, MR Shah and Ajay Rastogi said they will hear the petition again in two weeks. The court said there was a “serious situation” in Jammu and Kashmir and that the Centre and state governments may be “apprehending law and order”, according to Bar and Bench. This was in response to Poonawalla’s counsel’s question if there can be a prohibition of all communication in Kashmir.

Justice Mishra then asked Attorney General KK Venugopal how long the curfew will continue. Venugopal responded…

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