J-K High Court: MPs can meet Farooq, Omar Abdullah but can’t brief press
The Indian Express
- The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has allowed two National Conference MPs to meet party leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, but barred them from speaking to the press about their meeting or their “deliberations” with them.
- Following the Centre’s decision to scrap J&K’s special status, Farooq Abdullah has been placed under house arrest in Srinagar while Omar Abdullah has been detained at Hari Niwas.
- On Wednesday, the court heard a petition filed by party MPs Justice (retd.) Hasnain Masoodi (Anantnag) and Akbar Lone (Baramulla), seeking permission to meet them.
- While allowing the MPs to meet the Abdullahs, the single-judge bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar, in the order released on Thursday, said: “…the petitioners shall ensure that their meeting with their party president and vice-president is restricted to a courtesy call and to know about the well-being of the aforesaid two persons… the petitioners, after meeting their party president and vice-president, shall not go to press/ media regarding their meeting and deliberations with the aforesaid persons.”