New Delhi: The Supreme Court on August 28 allowed CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague and former MLA Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami. On Wednesday, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed Yechury to meet his colleague and not use the journey for political purposes.

The bench added, if the leader involves in any political activities, then authorities can report it to the apex court. On Saturday, the 67-year-old leader was among the opposition delegations who were set to visit Jammu and Kashmir, but he was asked to leave the airport by authorities.

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Yechury tweeted, "The Supreme Court has permitted me to go to Srinagar and see Com Yousuf Tarigami and “report" back to them on the condition of his health. Once I meet him, return and report to the Court, I will make a more detailed statement (sic)".

Several restrictions were placed in Jammu and Kashmir after the government announced its decision on the abrogation of Article 370. Rajya Sabha on August 5 cleared the resolution to scrap Article 370 with two-thirds majority, along with another Bill to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir to two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Both were moved in the Lok Sabha, where the Bill was passed with Ayes at 367 and Noes at 67 out of the 424 votes.

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