New Delhi : The apex court of India has asked the central as well as the J&K administration to restore normalcy in the Kashmir Valley as early as possible, even as former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, under preventive detention since August 5, was slapped with the stringent Public Safety act (PSA). As the apex court asked the authorities to keep in mind national interest while taking the necessary steps on a “selective basis”, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said he himself will visit Srinagar, if required, after terming as “very very serious” the allegation that people are finding it very difficult to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
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The J&K administration as well as the Centre should make “every endeavour to restore the normalcy in Kashmir Valley as early as possible”, a bench of the apex court said, adding the “restoration will be on a selective basis keeping in mind the national interest”. The CJI headed bench that comprised justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer was also told by Attorney General K K Venugopal about the steps taken by authorities to restore normalcy. The SC bench asked Venugopal to file an affidavit indicating the steps taken so far.
When the top court was told about the alleged “shutdown” of mobile and Internet services in the Valley, the bench said these issues could be dealt with by the J&K High Court.