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New Delhi: Chief justice of India (CJI) R.M. Lodha on Friday said that it was imperative for the high court in Srinagar to function, even if it is from one room.

Saying the location was unimportant, he added: “What is important is that the high court starts functioning."

“Constitutional offices must work." he said. He asked attorney general Mukul Rohatgi to take steps to ensure the same.

The court was hearing writ petitions seeking court directions for “relief, rescue and rehabilitation" of the victims of this month’s devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir.

The court asked the government to consider suggestions made by the petitioners, including the setting up of a unified agency to oversee rescue operations and asking neighbouring states to help with food, drinking water and medical supplies.

The court will seek an update on 15 September.

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