Supreme Court to Examine Legality of J&K’s Status
September 8, 2019
If there is any activity going on that may be dangerous to society, any Indian citizen can file a PIL complaint. The court will get involved and solve the issue. The same thing happened after J&K was made a Union Territory and when Article 370 was revoked. 14 people from all over India and J&K filed PILs. The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard all the PILs. These 14 PILs were presented to CJI Rajan Gogoi, SC Judges SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer. There were four types of petitions filed in the court. The petitions were regarding access to missing and unreachable people in the Valley Their was no way for relatives and friends to contact each other. Communication was completely blocked. People were not allowed to enter J&K as well. One petitioner said that, before removing Article 370, the people of J&K should have been asked about their views. They should have asked for their opinion. However without reaching any agreement they made a decision. They said that changes in J&K could be made by asking the J&K state assembly. They didn’t even do this and ignored the will of the people. The President does not have the power to change what is written in the Constitution. The rights of the people were completely violated. Anuradha Bhasin, Editor of Kashmir Times also filed a PIL. The PIL said that the media was not allowed to publish details of the government’s plans. They were not given access to cover meetings as well. They were constantly denied. This was a violation of fundamental rights as people have a right to know what is happening. Another petition said that anti-India groups were trying to instigate trouble in J&K. Petitioners said that the Indian government is a Democracy. J&K is a part of India as well. The government did not follow the right procedure and made J&K a Union Territory. This is not the true meaning of Democracy. After listening to all the petitions, the Supreme Court issued two notices to the government. In one of the notices, the CJI Rajan Gogoi has said all petitions regarding Article 370 will be reviewed by 5 judges of the Supreme Court in October. In the other notice, the Supreme Court has asked the government regarding the restrictions imposed on the media in J&K. They have asked details regarding these restrictions within seven days.