NPP Chief Patron pleads for peace in Kashmir

Proposes a committee under Dr. Karan Singh to seek people’s opinion

            Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Executive Chairman of the State Legal Aid Committee, J&K while addressing a press conference in the boiling Kashmir urged Parliament of India to take initiative to ensure return of peace in the Valley and delivery of justice to those including children who have been denied justice and equity in the smokes leaping in the Valley of Kashmir due to bandh, closure, deadlocks, firing and lawlessness in the entire Valley of J&K.

            Prof.Bhim Singh was advised by the Supreme Court to visit Kashmir Valley while Panthers Party’s writ petition was being argued before the court of Chief Justice of India that he (Bhim Singh) should visit Valley and come back with the ground reality vis-à-vis Kashmir Valley.

            Prof.Singh after spending three days in the city of Srinagar as he was not allowed to visit any other districts outside the Srinagar City. Prof.Bhim Singh has requested the State Government to allow him to visit Districts of Anantnag, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas affected by violence and 52 days bandh and strikes. Prof.Bhim Singh regretted in the press conference that he was not allowed to meet the people in the Valley and he had to remain within city of Srinagar only. Prof.Bhim Singh visited deserted colleges and schools, met several lawyers in the High Court where there were hardly any litigants because of the strikes and breakdown in the transport movement in the Valley.

            Prof.Bhim Singh while addressing the press conference demanded that a committee under the leadership of Dr. Karan Singh, former Maharaja of J&K, be constituted with all prominent members of the Hurriyat Conference in it. He said that a representative of every recognized political party in J&K should also be included in the committee. This committee under Dr.Karan Singh’s chairmanship should be allowed to visit PoK and Gilgit also so that opinions of the residents of J&K in PoK and Gilgit shall also be taken on record.

In the meantime, the Governor of J&K, Shri N.N. Vohra should dissolve the State Govt.and take over the control of government’s powers under Section 92 of J&K Constitution. Prof.Bhim Singh also suggested that India and Pakistan should continue talking to each other on J&K and both sides should leave on the new constituted committee headed by Dr. Karan Singh should be allowed to function smoothly.

Prof.Bhim Singh expressed sympathies and love with all the kids and the children and the minors who have been badly hit by the pellet guns. He urged to stop use of any kinds of guns or explosive against the children of India residing in Kashmir. He said that he shall place all the facts he has experienced in Kashmir Valley before the Supreme Court of India that to ensure that justice shall flow from the corridors of the Supreme Court of India.  

Prof.Bhim Singh also made clear that the status of J&K should be maintained as was established by the Constituent Assembly and affirmed by the Constitution of India on 26thJanuary, 1950.

            Prof.Bhim Singh was accompanied by entire leadership of the party in Kashmir including its Vice President, Masood Andrabi, State General Secretary, Manjoor Naik, Provincial President, Farooq Ahmed Dar, State Secretary, Maqbool Malik and several districts presidents of Kashmir Valley.

Sd/-Mehboob Illahi, Press Secretary

Bhim Singh, Fali Nariman , Anil Divan conclude arguments before SC Division Bench of three Judges against NJAC hearing continues

3 Judge Division Bench of SC  heard arguments against  the validity of NJAC (National Judicial Appointment Commission) on Monday and Tuesday. Sr. Advocates Shri Fali Nariman , Prof. Bhim singh and Anil Diwan concluded their arguments on Monday in different writ petition filed by advocates on record, Prof. Bhim Singh , Bar Association of Supreme Court and others challenging the validity of the Act describing the Act as unconstitutional, illegal, inproper and passed without application of mind. The petitioners have also challenge the 1999  Ammendment in article -124 by subsituting  NJAC  inplace of  Chief Justice of India. Article -127, 128, 217 of the constitution have been amended too.

Prof. Bhim Singh appearing in- person argued before a Special Bench Presided Justice Shri Anil R Dave ,  made a submission that JAC is mala fide attempt to buldoze the independence of the judiciary and primacy of chief Justice of India by vesting authority in two members of the commission who shall veto the opinion of the chief justice of India and two other senior Judges. He strongly attacked neo priniciple of jurisprudence thus challenging the universal law of majority rule. Prof. Bhim Singh also submitted that NJAC as well as 99th amendment in the constitution smell rot and introduced an authoritarian concept to reduce the authority of the SC and demolishing the authority as well as descrition of President of India. This system if implemented leaves no option for the President of the Republic in the matter of apointment of Judges of the Supreme Court and the Hight Court. The new law provides that the recommendation made by the National Judicial appointments commission shall be final and the President shall putin his signatures having any descrition to apply his mind.

Prof. Bhim Singh challenged the provision which states that to members out of six shall be eminent persons to be choosen by a committee of three persons namely Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister of India and Leader of the largest group in Parliament. “Eminence” has not been defined. Prof. Bhim Singh inquired whether Ambani or Adani of even Amitabh Bacchan could be member of the Judicial Appointments  Commision because they are also eminent persons. He also questioned the law which introduces a dangerous philosophy of reservation in the regime of judiciary.  He said the impugned Act and 99th amendment can not be accepted. If they are accepted it shall reduce the independence of the judiciary and turn the entire commission into a minority commission.

The hearing in the matter continued for sometime on Tuesday also where some other petitioners agued against the new law. The  next hearing is the next Tuesday. The Attorney General strongly supported NJAC and the 99thamendment.


BS Bllowria