Supreme Court Rejects PIL Against Funding for Kashmiri Separatists

The Supreme Court said that decisions of national security should be left to the government’s discretion.

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 Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (R), Hurriyat leader and separatist leader Mohammad Yasin Malik in 2010. (Photo: Reuters)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a PIL which requested bringing to an end the Centre’s monetary assistance to the to Hurriyat leaders in the valley. The PIL alleged corruption for misuse of public office and funds by providing monetary aid to Hurriyat leaders.

The Court slammed advocate ML Sharma for calling Hurriyat leader separatists, terming it a matter of perception. It also refused to use the term separatists in its order.

Rejecting the plea, the Apex court added that national security is a sensitive matter and the Judiciary shouldn’t enter this domain. Such decisions on national security should be left to the government’s discretion.

Earlier last week, however, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the PIL, adding that it “shares the same feelings” as a PIL, and sought to declare as “unconstitutional and illegal” the alleged release of government funds to Jammu and Kashmir-based separatists.

When lawyer M L Sharma sought urgent hearing of his plea alleging that the separatists “enjoyed” the exchequer’s money and promoted “anti-India activities” in the Valley, the apex court said “we also share the same feelings. Everybody sitting here feels the same.”

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