New Delhi: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was ready for talks with ârecognised political partiesâ in Jammu and Kashmir, but not with the separatists.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made the submission before a bench, comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul, while rubbishing the claim of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association that the Centre was not coming forward for discussion and dialogue to resolve the crisis, PTI reported.
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The court then asked the Association to come up with suggestions to resolve the crisis and not shy away by saying that they do not represent everybody in Kashmir.
The bench also made it clear to the Centre that the court would involve itself in the matter only if there was a view that it can play a role and there was no jurisdictional issue, PTI said.
[blurb]"If you feel the court has no role and if you feel we have no jurisdiction, we will close the file at this moment," the bench told the AG.[/blurb]
The bench also said both the parties have to take a joint step but the first step has to come from the lawyers' body which has approached the apex court.
It also said it was aware that the situation in Kashmir Valley was not very palatable, while posting the matter for further hearing on May 9.
[blurb]The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has filed an appeal against the High Court order seeking stay on the use of pellet guns as a large number of people had been killed or injured due to their use in the Valley.[/blurb]
During the last hearing on April 10, the Centre had told the Supreme Court it was exploring a crowd control option that is akin to rubber bullets but not as lethal as pellet guns that are being used currently as a last resort to quell violence in the Valley.
(With PTI inputs)