SC Dismisses Plea to Claim PcK, Gilgit Baltistan

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NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to earmark and declare Pakistan-Controlled Kashmir (PcK) and Gilgit as parliamentary seats.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on former RAW official Ram Kumar Yadav for filing the petition and termed it “legally untenable”.

The plea said “as many as 24 Assembly seats have been carved out by the government from PoK and Gilgit as these territories are Indian territories which are under the occupation of Pakistan.”

The petition said on the lines of Assembly seats, the central government be directed to earmark two Lok Sabha seats in PcK and Gilgit, respectively.

“This PIL is ex-facie untenable. You come to the judiciary with such a prayer? There cannot be any judicial interference here. We cannot pass such orders,” the CJI said.

 


Observer News Service

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