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Kashmir unrest: SC to hear plea for stopping government funding of separatist groups

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that prayed for a direction to both central and state governments to stop funding the Kashmiri separatist groups and their leaders.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 08, 2016 19:00 IST ]
Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that prayed for a direction to both central and state governments to stop funding the Kashmiri separatist groups and their leaders.

The petitioner advocate M.L.Sharma told the apex court bench comprising Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice L. Nageswara Rao that the separatist leaders of Kashmir who are involved in anti-national activities are being funded by the central state governments.

Advocate Sharma told the SC bench that the separatist leaders are being provided Z category security cover and the government is also bearing their travel expenses.

Seeking an urgent hearing of the PIL, Sharma told the court that the funds from the consolidated fund of India that were being spent on the separatist groups were without authority and unconstitutional as there was no express approval of parliament for them.

The court said that plea would be heard on September 14 subject to its completing all the procedural formalities.

Seeking an urgent hearing of the PIL, Sharma told the court that the funds from the consolidated fund of India that were being spent on the separatist groups were without authority and unconstitutional as there was no express approval of parliament for them.

The court said that plea would be heard on September 14 subject to its completing all the procedural formalities.

Seeking direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to register FIR against the release of public money to the separatist group, Sharma has referred to BJP Jammu and Kashmir legislator Ajat Shatru Singh, saying that both the Central and state governments had spent Rs 560 crore on the separatist groups and their leaders in last five years.

The PIL says that while separatist are instigating young Kashmiris and holding the entire Valley to ransom for last two months, they are being secured and guarded by 950 security personnel.

Sharma also claimed that Pakistan was annually spending Rs 100 crore on these separatist leaders to create "unrest and violence in Kashmir, chant anti-India slogans and keep the Valley boiling".

He has sought prosecution of people responsible for such unauthorised and illegal funding under Prevention of Corruption Act read with Section 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and other provisions of law.

(With IANS inputs)

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