The Supreme Court has allowed Iltija Javed, the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, to travel to Srinagar to meet her mother who is under house arrest for more than a month.
Allowing Iltijia's visit to Srinagar, the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi asked her on Thursday, September 5, to take permission from the concerned district authorities, following which she can meet Mehbooba Mufti in private on a date of her choice.
The development comes after Iltija filed a petition in the Supreme Court, in which she said that she was worried about the health of her mother since she had not met her in a month.
Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government, had opposed the plea, saying that she must approach the District Magistrate first. The apex court bench said that it is her privilege to move this forum. "What is the objection in her going to meet her mother," the bench asked.
Iltija Javed, who is currently in Chennai, said that they permitted her to go to Chennai but not to move around in Srinagar. "I want to meet my mother in private and want to be allowed to move around in Srinagar," she told the court.
Mehbooba Mufti is presently under detention along with hundreds of other politicians ever since the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.