CJI Ranjan Gogoi hints at visiting Jammu and Kashmir to assess ground situation

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said he may personally visit Jammu and Kashmir to see whether litigants there have real difficulties in approaching the courts.

Justice Gogoi sought a report from the chief justice of the J&K High Court on the aspect of access to justice and described it as  “one of the most important issues”.

“If required, I will go and personally check,” remarked the CJI.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition by child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly on the state of children between six and 18 years because of the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. “You want things done under the aegis of the High Court, you can go there,” the court said to the activist.

“It is difficult to go to the High Court,” said her lawyer Huzefi Ahmadi.

Chief Justice Gogoi responded: “Why is it difficult to go to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court? Is anyone coming in the way? We want to know from the Chief Justice (High Court). If required, I will go to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.”

He added: “It’s very, very serious if people are unable to approach the High Court. I will myself visit Srinagar.”

If the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice’s report indicated anything to the contrary, Justice Gogoi warned the lawyer, “then be ready for the consequences.”

Source : Various

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