SC admits PIL against Valley separatists’ funding
The Supreme Court of India on Thursday decided to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that alleges that “government funds” are being disbursed to Kashmir separatists. A Bench of Justice AR Dave and Justice L Nageswara directed the PIL be listed for hearing on September 14, 2016.
Narada News on Thursday morning had reported that as much as Rs 500 crore was spent in the last five years on providing security to separatist leaders of the Valley and funding their extravagant lifestyle, medical expenses, traveling, etc.
The direction came after lawyer M L Sharma, who has filed the PIL in personal capacity, mentioned the matter before the Supreme Court. Sharma contended that the separatists “enjoyed” the exchequer’s money and promoted “anti-India activities” in Jammu & Kashmir at which the apex bench said “we also share the same feelings. Everybody sitting here feels the same”.
In his PIL, Sharma sought a CBI inquiry into the alleged disbursement of government funds to the separatists.
“Declare the impugned release of fund from Consolidated Fund of India, without the authority and valid permission for supporting separatist group for working against the country, as unconstitutional, illegal and amount to a criminal breach of trust attracting section 409 of the IPC…,” the PIL prayed.
The PIL, which has made the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Jammu and Kashmir government and the CBI as parties, has also alleged that an offence of corruption for misusing of public office and funds have been made out in the case.
It has also sought a direction to the MHA and the state government asking them not to “release/provide” any fund either from “the Consolidated Fund of India or state treasury” under any “head or object”.