“We do not have the time to hear so many matters. We have the Constitution bench case to hear,” NDTV quoted the Supreme Court bench as saying.
It is now close to two months since the government cancelled the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and issued unprecedented restrictions on Kashmiris, including snapping internet and mobile connectivity.
The NDTV report said that the Kashmir petitions will be heard by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice NV Ramana from Tuesday. These include pleas filed against the alleged illegal detention of children and curbs imposed on the media in Kashmir.
Stories coming out of Kashmir indicate the region is far from ‘normal’, as the Indian government has been trying to establish. HuffPost India’s Betwa Sharma reported on Friday that many people in Kashmir are being arm-twisted by the local administration into keeping their shops open, even as heavily armed security personnel man the streets.
Twitter users lamented the fact that India’s top court was prioritising hearing a religious dispute that began decades ago over urgent petitions related to the life and liberty of Indians in Kashmir.
The Supreme Court has said it wants to wrap up hearings on the Ayodhya dispute by October 18.