August 2019 News

Armed With Supreme Court Order, Sitaram Yechury Reaches Srinagar, Whisked Away To Meet Tarigami

28 August 2019
India Today

New Delhi: CPM leader Sitaram Yechury reached Kashmir on Thursday to meet his ailing party colleague MLA Yousuf Tarigami, a day after the Supreme Court allowed him to visit the state. Armed with the Supreme Court's permission, the CPM General Secretary reached Srinagar on Thursday morning. Soon after landing, he has whisked away in a VIP entourage of more than seven cars, news agency IANS reported. Security agencies are unlikely to allow Yechury any political meeting or media interactions apart from meeting his party colleague as per the Supreme Court's order. Why do you have any difficulty if a citizen of this country wants to go there and meet his friend and party colleague,' a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was opposing Yechury's visit. If a citizen wants to go to a part of his country, he is entitled to go,' the Supreme Court had said. The court said this after Mehta's contention that Yechury's visit might affect the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the issue might become political. 'This may endanger the situation. The situation is becoming normal there,' Mehta told the bench, adding that the Left leader's proposed visit 'appears to be political'. The apex court made it clear that Yechury was allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague only as attention has been drawn to an interim application seeking orders from the court for bringing Tarigami to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, for better medical facilities.