How Can There Be Talks When Stone Pelting Goes On: CJI Asks J&K Bar Association

The Chief Justice of India asks J&K Bar Association to explain how there can be talks in the face of unabated stone pelting.

New Delhi: How can there be talks when stone-pelting goes on unabated, asked Chief Justice of India. The CJI Justice JS Khehar was reacting on Friday to the plea made by Jammu & Kashmir Bar Association that the Centre be asked to hold talks in order to resolve crisis.

The Centre at the same time clarified to the apex court that the government is ready to hold dialogue with recognised political parties in Jammu & Kashmir, but not with separatists. Responding to the petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made the submission before a bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar, justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul. The Bar association claimed that the Centre was not coming forward for talks and dialogue to resolve the crisis

The bench also said that the court would involve itself in the matter if there was a view that it can play a role and there was no jurisdictional issue.

The bench also said that there has to be concerted action. The initiative has to come from the bar association. The matter was posted to May 9. The bench commented that the judges are aware that the situation in Kashmir is not any pleasant.

The J&K High Court Bar Association filed an appeal against the High Court order seeking a stay on the use of pellet guns.

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, blamed Modi for doing a complete U-turn on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s approach of Humanity first. He also expressed anger that New Delhi is pushing things so hard that Hurriyat leadership may call for Kashmiris to occupy the streets.

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