SC on grant of funds for J&K security

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New Delhi—The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a PIL seeking to declare as “unconstitutional and illegal” the alleged release of government funds to Jammu and Kashmir-based separatists, saying the issue was within the exclusive domain of the Centre.
The court also castigated the lawyer, who had moved the PIL, for calling Hurriyat Conference leaders “separatists” saying it was a matter of perception.
“We are of the considered opinion that the grant of funds to the state of Jammu and Kashmir for the purposes of security or otherwise is within the exclusive domain of the Central government. In a matter like this, we are of the considered opinion that a Public Interest Litigation does not deserve to be entertained and, therefore, we are not inclined to interfere. That apart, needless to emphasise, it is not a judicially manageable proceeding and the Court should refrain from entering into the said area. The writ petition is accordingly dismissed,” a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said.—KT