Supreme Court allows Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit J&K
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Jammu and Kashmir, but said he cannot hold any political rally.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Jammu and Kashmir, but said he cannot hold any political rally.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister can visit four districts -- Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla, Anantnag -- to meet people.
Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, says in Supreme Court "if requirement arises, I may visit Jammu and Kashmir" https://t.co/uiLlcRFu0X— ANI (@ANI) September 16, 2019
The bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer, was told by senior advocate A M Singhvi, who was appearing for Azad, that he wants to meet the people and inquire about their welfare.
Singhvi said Azad had tried to visit the state thrice, but was turned back from the airport.
Azad, who has filed the petition in his personal capacity, had said on Sunday that it was "apolitical".
Congress's Ghulam N Azad: I am thankful to Supreme Court for permitting me to travel to Jammu & Kashmir. I'll present my report before the Supreme Court. I am happy that no less than CJI has show his concern and he has held that he should visit J&K and see how things are moving. pic.twitter.com/uPlOjWLmUB— ANI (@ANI) September 16, 2019
In his plea, Azad has also sought a nod from the top court to visit his family members and relatives.
In his petition before the top court, Azad has also sought permission to check on social conditions after a clampdown was imposed by the authorities following the scrapping of the state's special status. (PTI)