High Court dismisses plea for internet resumption in Valley citing SC case

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Friday disposed a plea seeking resumption of internet services across Kashmir for the reason the case is pending before Supreme Court of India.
The court observed that the petition filed by Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights through its chairman M M Shuja cannot be entertained as it may result in parallel proceedings.
The petitioner submitted that internet shutdown had hit treatment of cancer patients, other problems including massive illegal constructions, illegal land conversions, filling of wetlands and availing basic facilities including LPG supplies to domestic consumers.
The court passed the direction after Assistant Solicitor General of India (ASGI) Tahir Majid Shamshi and Additional Advocate General B A Dar informed the court that the issues raised by the petitioner are already sub-judice in the apex court of India under several petitions.
“Given the facts that the Apex court is aware of the issues raised before this court in this petition, we dispose the plea while giving the petitioner liberty to move to the Supreme Court for the relief claimed herein,” the court said.
However, the issues such as illegal constructions, encroachments, earth filling of wetlands, illegal land conversion and pollution in water bodies are being heard in the court after public interest litigation was filed earlier.
As such, they require any more intervention, it said.
However, if the petitioner feels that these issues too are not receiving due consideration, he again is at liberty to intervene in the PIL.

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