The Jammu for India (JFI) is constrained to suggest that the pre-1954 days have almost returned to Jammu and Kashmir, said JFI convener Prof Hari Om while addressing press conference here in Jammu on Monday. He said his observation is based on the nature of the judgment which the Division Bench of the he non-local students of the NIT Srinagar.
“In the pre-1954 days the Jammu and Kashmir High Court of Judicature would appreciate the complaints before it, but would, on occasions, dismiss them saying, “the Court has to construe the Act (The Jammu and Kashmir Constitutional Act of 1939) as it is and that it is bound to give effect to the language so long as it is in existence even though it thinks that the provisions of the Act have not kept pace with the changed time,” the JFI convener revealed.
Regrettably, the Division Bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court chosen to accept only the version of the executive as the gospel truth, he lamented. He added that the JFI is of the firm view that the Court didn’t discharge its constitutional obligations to redress the grievances of the petitioner and the hapless non-local NIT students.
Prof Hari Om said that the view of the JFI is based on the operative part of the judgment that endorsed the view of the Jammu and Kashmir Government as contained in the “sealed envelope”, which was not revealed to the petitioner, and was handed over to the hon’ble Division Bench of the J&K High Court. The JFI reassured the non-local students of the NIT Srinagar that it would fight for their cause and take their issue to the logical end.
Others who were present in the press conference included Organizing Secretary Dheeraj Pargal, Devender Choudhary, Dr Ajay Chrungoo, Sham Lal Bassan, Yuv Raj gupta, Pushpinder Singh Manhas, Ajatshatru Singh Jamwal, Ashok Kumar and Rajesh Dutta.