‘Report by CJ of J&K HC doesn’t support claim that people unable to access court’
THE claim that people in the Kashmir valley are unable to access the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has not been supported by a report received from the chief justice there, the Supreme Court said on Friday.
The apex court however directed the Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court to undertake an exercise on alleged detention of children in J&K following the abrogation of Article 370 and submit a report within a week. “We have received a report from the Chief Justice (of Jammu and Kashmir High Court) which does not support your statement,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told senior lawyer Huzefa Ahmadi, who had on September 16 told the top court that people in Valley were finding it difficult to approach the High Court there. The bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, said it too has received some “conflicting reports” on the issue but does not intend to comment on the report received from the Chief Justice of the High Court. Ahmadi, while representing child rights activists Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha, had said in the top court that people in Kashmir were finding it difficult to approach High Court there.