Supreme Court receives two contrary reports on Jammu and Kashmir situation, reserves comments
“We have received a report from the High Court CJ denying that there is any denial of access. At this stage we are not in a position to make any comments on the report due to a contrary report to this,” the Supreme Court bench said.
The apex court of India today received two reports on the claim of lack of access to the court by a set of petitions but it refrained from giving an observation on the statement. Though the Jammu and Kashmir High Court report has denied the allegations of inaccessibility leveled against it, the Chief Justice of India, who was heading the bench hearing the matter revealed that “it has also received another contrary report.”
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who described on Monday the claim of lack of access to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court as "very, very serious", had also said the petitioners should be "ready for the consequences" if the Supreme Court finds their claims unsubstantiated.
“We have received a report from the High Court CJ denying that there is any denial of access. At this stage we are not in a position to make any comments on the report due to a contrary report to this,” the Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice and including Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer said today.
This second report seems to be something that the CJI has sought on his own apart from the one from the High Court.
“The court today seems to have received two reports. One from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court which was expected today. But CJI also mentioned in his observation after receiving the report that he is in possession of a report which is contrary to the report given by the J&K High Court. The bench did not comment anything on the reports today. Its observations are reserved,” a senior advocate who was present in the court today told Asiaville.
Child rights activists who had alleged illegal detention of children in Kashmir told the top court that people in the Valley were unable to approach their High Court. The media had reported that the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had said he would personally visit Jammu and Kashmir to check on the claims after receiving a report. However, lawyers in the court say the CJI statement was “misquoted.”
“The CJI statement was misquoted in the media. Chief Justice had said that he will personally move a petition in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court if the situation demands so. He did not say that he will visit Jammu and Kashmir,” another senior lawyer told Asiaville.
On Monday the Supreme Court heard a petition filed by child rights activists Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha on the condition of children aged between six and 18. The petitioners had alleged that young children and teenagers were enduring hardship as a result of a security lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir after the centre withdrew special status under Article 370 on August 5 this year.