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SC Refuses to Order Lifting Restrictions in Kashmir, Will Take Up Matter in 2 Weeks

The bench said the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir was "very sensitive" and some time should be given for bringing back normalcy in the region.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass any immediate directions to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government on a plea seeking lifting of all restrictions imposed after the reading down of Article 370.

The apex court said that it will wait for the return of normalcy and take up the matter after two weeks.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra was hearing the petition filed by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla on the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of provisions of Article 370.

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During the hearing, the bench also comprising Justices M.R. Shah and Ajay Rastogi said the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir was “very sensitive” and some time should be given for bringing back normalcy in the region.

The bench also said that it should be ensured that there is no loss of life there.

For the past nine days, all modes of communication have been blocked in Kashmir – the internet, mobile connections, landlines. In addition, movements have been restricted and blockades set up across the Valley. Even on Eid (Monday), these restrictions were not relaxed.

(With PTI inputs)

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