Jammu, January 10 | “The Supreme Court of India has announced a long-awaited judgment on the restrictions on fundamental rights and civil liberties in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019. NPP Supremo, Prof. Bhim Singh, a Sr. Advocate in the Supreme Court as well as Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee, J&K has welcomed the judgment of the Supreme Court directing the Union of India to review all curbs imposed in Jammu and Kashmir and release access to internet which form integral part of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India.”
Prof. Bhim Singh described the judgment of the Supreme Court for restoring all fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India in Jammu and Kashmir which have been curbed illegally and unconstitutionally following the abrogation of Article 370. NPP Supremo while welcoming the judgment of the Supreme Court described the order that, “Freedom of expression and carrying on trade through the internet is protected under Article 19(1) of the Constitution and can be restricted only under the reasons given in Article 19(2) of the Constitution.” The Supreme Court Sr. Advocate also welcomed the court verdict saying that “A mere expression of dissent or disagreement against a government decision cannot be the reason for internet suspension.”
Prof. Bhim Singh warned the State Govt. that it shall face contempt proceedings in the Supreme Court if all detained under J&K Public Safety Act including the former Chief Ministers and other ex-ministers, Members of Parliament and Legislators are not released forthwith who are illegally detained under the State’s illegal detention Law like Public Safety Act. He also demanded compensation to all those who were detained under PSA after this law was quashed by the President of India with Article 35-A on August 5, 2019.
Prof. Bhim Singh who himself has suffered detentions during his days as Member J&K Legislative Assembly under Public Safety Act and even received compensation for his illegal/unconstitutional detentions by the Govt. of India. He said that the present situation is exactly the same when the administration had used illegal laws to deprive the Indian citizens of their civil liberties and freedom of movement and speech.
All those detained illegally should be released forthwith and be paid compensation for their illegal detentions so that the message of the Constitution of India with its fundamental rights shall reach every home, nay every person in Jammu and Kashmir as well. So that the Rulers of the State shall also learn a lesson that it is Law/Constitution which is supreme and not the Executive Orders of a dictatorial government as we had today in Jammu and Kashmir. Prof.Bhim Singh sent the message to the Legal Aid Committee, J&K to celebrate this decision of the Supreme Court wherever its’ Members are working/functioning in India or abroad.