SC allows Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to meet her in Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti (file image)

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija to travel to Srinagar to meet her mother in private.

In her plea, Iltija had sought a direction from the apex court to allow her to meet her mother, who is under preventive detention following the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

The court in its order said, “The state does not intend to prevent the petitioner from coming back to Srinagar and meeting her mother… she may return to Srinagar and be free to meet her mother in private. So far as moving around in other parts of Srinagar is concerned, petitioner may feel free to do so subject to requisite permission of the district authorities.”

The top court was hearing a bunch of petitions against the arrest of leaders, restrictions on movement and ‘suspension of civil liberty’. Meanwhile, the apex court also allowed CPI (M) leader in J&K, Yousuf Tarigami, to be shifted to AIIMS, Delhi from Srinagar where he is under house arrest.

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Iltija said that she is only concerned about her mother’s health as she has not met the PDP leader in a month after the abrogation of Article 370.

The Centre on August 5 scrapped Article 370 that gave special status to J&K and ever since then Kashmir has been under a security lockdown with restrictions on movement. However, restrictions in some parts of J&K have been lifted in a phased manner.

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