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Supreme Court asks Centre, J&K to restore normalcy in Kashmir

Supreme Court asks Centre, J&K to restore normalcy in Kashmir

NEW DELHI: The Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration were on Monday asked by the Supreme Court to restore normalcy in the Valley as early as possible.

With the top court taking up multiple pleas on J&K, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the state, told the bench headed by Justice Gogoi that not a single bullet has been fired by security forces after August 5 when Article 370 that granted special status to J&K was revoked and the state bifurcated into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

In related developments, state Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in J and K. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also reviewed the situation amid reports that around 230 terrorists were waiting at terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) to enter the country.

The J&K government, as well as the Centre, should make "every endeavour to restore the normalcy 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".

Attorney General K K Venugopal also told the CJI-headed bench that comprised justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer about the steps taken by authorities to restore normalcy.

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