SC allows Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to meet her in Kashmir

The Supreme Court today, while hearing a bunch of petitions on Jammu and Kashmir, allowed PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti’s dauther to meet her mother, who has been in detention with other leaders following the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in early August.

The court also ordered that CPM leader Yusuf Tarigami be shifted to Delhi’s AIIMS for treatment. The top court was hearing a bunch of petitions against the arrest of leaders, restrictions on movement and ‘suspension of civil liberty’. Petitions challenging the scrapping of Article 370 in Kashmir are before a constitution bench and will be heard at a later date.

Iltija, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, had moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the authorities to allow her to meet her mother.

The court in its order said, “The state does not intend to prevent the petitioner from coming back to Srinagar and meeting her mother… she may return to Srinagar and be free to meet her mother in private. So far as moving around in other parts of Srinagar is concerned, petitioner may feel free to do so subject to requisite permission of the district authorities.”.

The order on Tarigami came after Communist Party on India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury visited the ailing leader in Kashmir and submitted a report, as asked by the top court. Yechury had filed a habeas corpus petition challenging the detention of Kashmiri politician and the party’s general secretary Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami.

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