Will wait for sometime, says SC on removal of media restrictions in J-K

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said it will wait for sometime before passing any direction on the plea seeking removal of restrictions on the media in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 after the Centre said curbs are being lifted gradually.

During the hearing, the Centre told the apex court that the situation is improving in Jammu and Kashmir and the curbs are being lifted gradually.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Najeer said, “We would like to give little time. We have read in newspaper today that landline and broadband connections are being restored gradually. Therefore, we will take up the petition with other connected matters. We also got a call today from CJ of J-K HC.”

“We will see when the matter can be listed for hearing. We will fix a date on the administrative side,” the bench said.

Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor, Kashmir Times, said there was a need for early restoration of communication mode for journalists to carry out their work.

Apex court’s anguish
The Supreme Court today expressed anguish over ‘defective’ petitions challenging scrapping of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the petition by advocate M L Sharma challenging the scrapping of Article 370 has ‘no meaning’.
“What kind of petition is this? It could have been dismissed but there are 5 other pleas with the registry,” the bench also comprising S A Bobde and S A Najeer said.
“You are not praying for setting aside the Presidential order. What is the prayer it is not clear. It can be dismissed on technical grounds,” the bench said and added that there were five other petitions in the registry which are defective.