The Supreme Court on Friday has agreed to hear a public interest litigation filed by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party seeking imposition of governor’s rule in the state. The petition has been filed under a provision of the Jammu & Kashmir Constitution.
The bench headed by chief justice T S Thakur has agreed to hear the plea next week on a mentioning by senior counsel Bhim Singh. The ground for the petition as pleaded by Singh, who heads the Panthers Party, is the siege like conditions in the state for the last fortnight. He said that no public institutions have been functioning since then and there is no drinking water and electricity either.
Singh has also contested that under section 93 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, the Governor is empowered to assume all the powers to run the state by placing the government and the assembly under suspension. He said Governor’s rule is essential now for national integrity and security of the people and state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir has seen a surge in violence and complete breakdown of the state machinery after the Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed on July 8.