Indian SC slaps Rs 50,000 fine on petitioner seeking resolution of Kashmir dispute



The Supreme Court of India has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a petitioner who sought resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli said it is not inclined to entertain the plea filed by Prabhakar Venkatesh Deshpande, a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-Bombay), who underlined that there cannot be a military solution to the problem.

At the outset, the bench said it is putting the counsel for the petitioner on notice that it will impose cost on him for wasting the court’s time with such petitions. “Of course, we will hear you but we are putting you on notice that we will impose a cost,” the bench forewarned.

Advocate Arup Banerjee, appearing for the peti-tioner, said India has fought “two and a half wars” with Pakistan over Kashmir in the past 70 years but no solution has been found.

The bench, after hearing for a few minutes, said it is not inclined to entertain the petition and slapped a cost of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner.—KMS


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