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The Supreme Court today allowed Iltija, daughter of Mehbooba Mufti, to travel to Srinagar on the date of her choice to meet her mother in private.
The Special Bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi with Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer also took on record the submission made by the Centre represented by Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the State does not intend to prevent Iltija from going to Srinagar. The order of the Court says,
“Petitioner may be permitted to go to Srinagar on the date of her choice and be free to meet her mother.”
The petitioner, represented by Senior Counsel Nitya, was asked what was the apprehension she faces in traveling from Chennai, her current place of residence to Srinagar. To this, she replied,
“The impediment is that last time I was in Srinagar I was not allowed to meet my mother and was not allowed to move out of my house.“
While allowing Iltija to go to Srinagar, it was also prayed that she be allowed to move around in Srinagar. The Court, however, said that the same shall be subject to requisite permissions from concerned authorities.
Thirty days after People’s Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti was detained following the abrogation of Article 370 and revocation of the special status of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, her daughter Iltija Mufti moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking its help to meet her mother.
Iltija, who has cited concern for her mother’s health, has sought to meet with the former Chief Minister of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports by the PTI, the relief sought in Iltija’s petition is similar to the relief that the Court had granted to Sitaram Yechury last week as regards his meeting with detained CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami.
This is the third Habeas Corpus petition filed in the Supreme Court in relation to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. A number of political leaders in the valley have been detained including former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah of the NC, Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP as well as leaders like Sajjad Lone of JKPC and Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu. Bureaucrat turned Politician Shah Faesal was also detained in the valley after being picked up from the Delhi Airport.