SC may relax J-K model code

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 00:40 IST

The Supreme Court Friday agreed to look into the possibility of relaxing the model code of conduct in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir to ensure the government’s relief and rehabilitation work in the flood devastated areas is not affected.

A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu called for the Election Commission’s response when Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party Bhim Singh asked for the relaxation.

“All parties should have approached the Election Commission asking for postponement of elections. You could have said that people are still suffering and elections be postponed,” the bench observed.

Singh said the model code of conduct was coming in the way of relief work and tragedy should be declared as National Disaster. Asking Singh to make the EC a party in the matter, the court said: “We would ask the poll body to allow distribution of materials by relaxing model code of conduct.”

It also expressed dissatisfaction over the progress of the relief and rehabilitation work in the state after it perused a report submitted by a court appointed committee.

According to the report, the government failed to provide any relief to people in many affected areas. The committee said there weren’t enough doctors at relief camps and that a team from AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh and other hospitals should be immediately sent.

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