Supreme Court to hear pleas of Kashmir Times editor on September 16

Published: Sep 06, 2019, 10:31 IST | Agencies

Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that even a month after scrapping of provisions of Article 370, journalists were "not allowed to move freely in the state"

Supreme Court to hear pleas of Kashmir Times editor on September 16
Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear on September 16 the pleas of the editor of Kashmir Times and others seeking removal of communication restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir.

Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that even a month after scrapping of provisions of Article 370, journalists were "not allowed to move freely in the state". The editor also alleged that it is difficult to travel beyond Srinagar and journalists are finding it difficult to report.

Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for the journalist, submitted that the Editor-in-chief of Kashmir Times travelled to many parts of the state and according to him, the situation was such that media cannot work due to "communication restrictions".

However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that editors of Kashmir Times chose not to publish their newspaper from Srinagar. The Centre told the bench that a large number of newspapers are being published from Srinagar.

Attorney General K K Venugopal told the court that step-by-step relaxation was being allowed in Jammu and Kashmir.

Also Read: Article 370: Kashmir Press Club demands for lifting communication blockade

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