Supreme Court Allows Ghulam Nabi Azad To Visit J&K, Interact With People

Ghulam Nabi Azad's lawyer said that the Congress leader had tried to visit the state thrice, but was turned back from the airport.

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Supreme Court Allows Ghulam Nabi Azad To Visit J&K, Interact With People

Supreme Court said that Ghulam Nabi Azad cannot hold any political rally in J&K. (File photo)


New Delhi: 

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Jammu and Kashmir, but said he cannot hold any political rally.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister can visit four districts -- Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla, Anantnag -- to meet people.

The bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer, was told by senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, who was appearing for Mr Azad, that he wants to meet the people and inquire about their welfare.

Mr Singhvi said Ghulam Nabi Azad had tried to visit the state thrice, but was turned back from the airport. Mr Azad, who has filed the petition in his personal capacity, had said on Sunday that it was "apolitical". 

In his plea, Ghulam Nabi Azad has also sought a permission from the top court to visit his family members and relatives. In his petition before the top court, Mr Azad has also sought permission to check on social conditions after a clampdown was imposed by the authorities following the scrapping of the state's special status.



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