New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked
its Registry to give a report on whether imposition of curfew
in the Kashmir Valley has affected the functioning of the
Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The direction came after Jammu and Kashmir National
Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh said it has become difficult
for the litigants to reach the High Court for redressal of
their grievances due to curfew.
Singh said curfew restrictions were also affecting the
ambulance services in the Valley and people are finding it
hard to reach hospitals and dispensaries.
When a Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said
that such issues can be raised before the High Court for
redressal, Singh said it is not possible to go there due to
He said if the apex court will consider the plea
raised in the petition, it will help in providing solace and
healing touch to the people of Valley troubled by unrest.
However, the Bench, also comprising Justices K S
Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar said that the High Court was
working and the grievances of the petitioner could be well
Singh said the morning news reports clearly stated
that in large parts of the Valley curfew restrictions
"Today we are told that the High Court is functioning.
We don`t go by nespaper reports. Let the High Court examine
the questions. If the Registry gives us report that the High
Court is not functioning, we will give directions," the Bench
"We are of the view that submissions made by the writ
petitioners can be dealt effectively by the High Court.
However, the petitioner states that the High Court is not
approachable. We want a report from the Registry whether the
High Court is functioning or not," the Bench said.
The Panthers party had filed a petition seeking a
direction to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government
to keep schools, colleges and hospitals out of the purview of
the curfew in the Valley.
It has sought protection to students and daily wage
labourers going to schools and for work respectively besides
providing all necessary help to patients visiting hospitals.
Further, the petitioner has sought that chemist
shops, clinics, the High Court and subordinate courts as well
as graveyards are kept out of the curfew domain.