Supreme Court told Sitaram Yechury to file an affidavit on his colleague Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami’s condition on his return from Jammu and Kashmir
A Kashmiri student who wants to visit his parents and Left leader Sitaram Yechury should be allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court ruled today, hearing petitions against the end of special status to the state under Article 370.
“The petitioner student Mohammad Aleem Sayeed shall be allowed to travel to Jammu and Kashmir and visit Anantnag and visit his parents and file an affidavit after his return,” the court said today, ordering the state to facilitate his travel and give him adequate protection.
Mr Sayed had petitioned the forum that he was unable to travel to Srinagar and did not know about his parents’ condition.
On Sitaram Yechury’s petition to meet with his CPM colleague Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “We will allow you to visit. You are going only to meet your friend? A citizen of this country wants to meet his friend. What’s the difficulty?”
The centre argued that Mr Yechury’s “appears to be a political visit and it will adversely affect the situation”. The situation said the government, was normal in Jammu and Kashmir and his visit would endanger the situation.
Mr Yechury had petitioned the court to be allowed to visit his colleague, saying he was not in good health.
“Yousuf Tarigami is hale and hearty and his condition is checked daily, he is under Z category security,” said the government.
“If he is a citizen of this country, he will go,” the Chief Justice said, adding that if Mr Yechury “indulges any other issue it will be treated as a violation of the Supreme Court order.”
The court asked Mr Yechury to file an affidavit on Mr Tarigami’s condition on his return.
Jammu and Kashmir have been under strict restrictions since the government announced its decision on Article 370 on August 5. Hundreds of political leaders have been arrested, including former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.