Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass any interim orders to ease the restrictions imposed in the valley after the government revoked the special status given to the state under article 370.

The apex court opined the Centre must be given reasonable time to gradually lift the restrictions and bring normalcy in the valley as it is ‘very sensitive’.

The three judge bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, MR Shah, and Ajay Rastogi was hearing a petition filed by activist Tehseen Poonawala. The plea was filed against the restrictions and other regressive measures imposed in the valley following the revocation and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The petitioner also challenged the detention of former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah along with many other leaders.

The apex court said nothing could be done overnight and the government should be given sufficient time to restore normalcy in the valley. The court said it will take up the matter in two weeks’ time.

Attorney General KK Venugopal speaking on behalf of the Centre told the court that restrictions were in place to prevent any untoward situation keeping in mind the violence that took place in 2016 leading to the death of Burhan Wani.

All lines of communication were severed in the valley including mobile, internet connection, landlines among others for the last 9 days.  

The government revoked the special status under article 370 on August 5th by a presidential order. Subsequently, the parliament ratified the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization bill 2019. The bill seeks to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories- Jammu and Kashmir with legislative assembly and Ladakh without legislative assembly.

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