CJI Gogoi says “I will myself visit Srinagar”

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi tldah said that he will go to Jammu and Kashmir high court and speak to the chief justice after allegations that people aren’t being able to access the court.

“Access to the high court is seriously affected, we seek reply from the chief justice of the high court in the matter. If required, I will go to the high court and speak to the chief justice. If people can’t approach the HC we have to do something,” CJI Ranjan Gogoi said.

Solicitor General KK Venugopal, who was representing the government at the hearing, said all courts are functioning in Jammu and Kashmir, including lok adalats. However, the top court asked the Centre to make all endeavours to restore normalcy in the Kashmir valley as soon as possible.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer were hearing petitions on the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. “We want to know what is shut down or why? Whether there is a breakdown and who has done it and for what reason?” Justice Bobde said.

A lawyer representing two child rights activists alleged in court that people were finding it difficult to approach the high court. The CJI warned the lawyer that if the report of the high court chief justice indicates contrary, then get ready for “consequences”.

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