Shah Faesal, Shehla Rashid challenge centre’s Kashmir order in SC
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Political leader from Jammu and Kashmir Shah Faesal and activist Shehla Rashid have approached the Supreme Court challenging the order to scrap the special status to the state.

Former IAS officer Faesal along with seven other people, have approached the apex court against the Presidential order.

According to reports, the SC will hear the plea on Wednesday along with other petitions related to the Kashmir order.

Faesal, founder of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Front (JKPF), was detained in Delhi last week and sent back to Srinagar, when he was about to board a flight abroad.

While Shehla, former vice president of JNUSU and member of Faesal’s party, last week levelled a series of allegations against the paramilitary forces in Kashmir.

She accused that “everything is in the hands of paramilitary forces”, where local police has no say in law and order.

Later, army refuted the claims as “baseless” and a case was filed against her in Delhi for “spreading fake news against the army”.

The Supreme Court will also continue hearing on the petition filed by Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin on the communication blackout that had restrained reporting in the state.

However, the move by Justice (retired) CK Prasad led Press Council of India to intervene in the hearing, bagged criticism from few media houses, Indian Journalists Union and three of the nominated members of the PCI.

The Council supported the restrictions on media and said it was “in the interest of the integrity and sovereignty of the nation”, a media report suggests.

Meanwhile, a high-level meeting on Jammu and Kashmir was chaired by Union Home Secretary AK Bhalla in the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of playing politics over his invitation to visit the valley.

Governor said that his were being used by Pakistan and asked him to keep national interest above “cheap politics.”

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