Supreme Court allows JKNPP leader to assess ground situation in J&K

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Supreme Court today allowed Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) leader Bhim Singh, who has sought imposition of Governor’s rule in the troubled state, to visit Srinagar and assess the “ground reality” there.

“We are not stopping you from talking to local people or Hurriyat. It is a free country and anyone can to talk to anyone but we will not give you any license or authorization for your political angle,” the bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur said, adding that he should tell the court about the ground situation in schools, colleges and hospitals.

The court said the senior lawyer cannot just say that Governor’s rule under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir is the only panacea for everything and should file a reply to the Centre’s affidavit on the ground situation in the state

The bench also said if anyone tries to incite the people or create law and order problem, then it can put them behind bars.

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