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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set up a five-member committee to inspect the situation in flood-affected districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

A three-judge bench comprising chief justice R.M. Lodha and justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman directed the committee to submit an interim report to it and the Jammu and Kashmir high court within two weeks.

The committee will be headed by the senior registrar of the Jammu and Kashmir high court and will include the revenue, relief and rehabilitation secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir government, a nominee of the central government and presidents of the Jammu and Kashmir bar associations at Srinagar and Jammu.

A similar public interest litigation (PIL) is going on before the Jammu and Kashmir high court as well. The apex court clarified that the high court was free to pass orders as it deemed fit. The next hearing before the high court is on 29 September.

The apex court will take up the case on 10 October. It had taken cognisance of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir after two writ petitions claimed that relief and rehabilitation to the flood victims were inadequate.

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