“Every Citizen Must Have Access To J&K,” Supreme Court Says Allowing Sitaram Yechury, Jamia Student To Visit Kashmir

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday told the Modi Government that every citizen should be allowed access to Jammu and Kashmir, therefore permitting students and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit the state.

The Top Court who was hearing a bunch of petitions on the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir  since the repeal of special status early this month, the Chief Justice of India told the J&K administration: “If a citizen wants to go to a part of the country, he must get access.”

Jamia Millia Islamia student, Mohd Aleem Syed was to visit his home in Anantnag as he had not seen his parents since the clampdown. CPI (M) leader Yechury is also allowed to go and meet a party colleague, Yousuf Tarigami.

The court asked the student to report back after travelling to Anantnag and asked the government to provide him adequate police protection.

The nod for Yechury’s visit was conditional on him not making it political and only going to the state to meet Tarigami. Yechury has twice tried to visit Srinagar, but was turned back from the airport on both occasions.

“Just remember that you are going to meet a friend and will do nothing else,” the CJI said to Sitaram Yechury.

Yechury gave an undertaking that he is going to J&K only to meet his colleague and will do nothing else after the Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, argued that the visit will be used for political purposes.

The ANI reported that Yechury would visit Kashmir tomorrow.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is under strict restrictions since the government announced its decision on Article 370 on August 5. The Government snapped phone and internet connectivity and deployed a million troops and imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were issued. Hundreds of political leaders  including former Chief Ministers  have been arrested.

Source : Various