New Delhi, August 13 (KMS): The Indian Supreme Court has refused to pass any orders on a petition filed by an activist Tehseen Poonawalla seeking lifting of prohibitory orders in occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra adjourned his petition for two weeks after Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the ground situation needed to improve before prohibitory orders were lifted and communication networks restored.

On behalf of the petitioner, senior advocate Maneka Guruswamy submitted that due to complete ban on communication, people were not able to even avail basic services such as hospital. Towards the end of the hearing, Guruswamy requested the bench to ask the Attorney General to place a report on the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir in a sealed envelope but the Bench did not pass any such order.

However, it said communications had to be restored as soon as the situation improves in the territory.

Earlier, the bench had asked Kashmir Times Executive Editor to approach the court’s Registry for listing of her petition challenging the restrictions imposed on journalists.

Towards the end of the hearing, Guruswamy requested the bench to ask the Attorney General to place a report on the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir in a sealed envelope but the Bench did not pass any such order.


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