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Supreme Court granted permission to CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechhury permissions to visit his party colleague Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, who was detained in Jammu and Kashmir after the Centre revoked the special status granted to the state.

The court, however, maintained that the purpose of his visit shall be limited to meeting Tarigami and shall not be politicised beyond.

“Supreme Court said that the visit of Sitaram Yechury should only be to meet party leader Yousuf Tarigami as a friend, and not for any political purpose,” reported ANI

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said “We will permit you to go, you are the general secretary of a party. Don’t go for anything else”

Yechury has also been asked to submit a report of his visit to Supreme Court once he returns from Srinagar.

Tarigami, a member of the Central Committee of the CPI(M) and four-time MLA of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, has not been keeping well, party sources had said.

The CPI(M) had filed the writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, a person has the right to move to Supreme Court (and high courts also) for getting his fundamental rights protected.

Yechury had travelled to Srinagar earlier this month to visit Tarigami but was then denied entry.

“I will be travelling to Srinagar to meet our Comrade. Other things, on my return,” responded Yechury in a tweet.

While hearing the petition court asked Mehta what was the harm if a citizen of India wanted to meet his friend. The judges rejected Mehta’s suggestion to escort Yechury to Kashmir but said that if the CPI(M) leader indulged in any political activities, authorities could bring it to their notice.

At least 14 petitions regarding the Kashmir issue are going to be heard by the Supreme Court today.

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