Srinagar-Supreme Court of India on Wednesday dismissed a petition against Jammu and Kashmir MP and senior National Conference leader Dr. Farooq Abdullah and panelized the petitioners.
Top court directed the petitioners to deposit Rs 50,000 for filing the petition.
The top court as per news reports ruled that expression of views which are different from government opinion cannot be termed as “sedition”.
The petitioners Rajat Sharma and Neh Srivastava had objected to the comments of the senior Kashmiri leader protesting against the abrogation of Article 370 as seditious.
Sharma is the secretary and trustee of the Vishwa Guru India Vision of Sardar Patel.
The petition also demanded that the Farooq Abdullah’s membership of Parliament be declared null and void and sedition charges be slapped on him under Section 124-A of IPC.
A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan and Hemant Gupta while dismissing the petition said that the petitioner failed to substantiate his allegation that Farooq Abdullah had sought the help of China and Pakistan against India following the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019.
The petitioners were fined Rs 50000.
During a television interview in 2020, Farooq Abdullah had said he wished that with China’s support, Article 370 of the Constitution, will be restored.
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