SC issues notices to Centre, J&K on plea for removal of restrictions on journalists

Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, told the bench that even after a month of scrapping of Article 370, journalists were not allowed to move freely in the state.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 28) sought responses from the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea seeking the removal of restrictions imposed on journalists after Article 370 was scrapped.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice on the plea filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times. The bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, asked the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration to file their responses on Bhasin’s plea within seven days.

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In the plea, Bhasin has sought directions for the restoration of all modes of communication, including mobile Internet and landline services, throughout the state in order to provide an environment for media to practise its profession.