Dissent gets nod from Supreme Court on Farooq Abdullah case
By: Tariq Shah VOV
Dissent is not sedition is the fresh verdict by Supreme Court on a petition filed against sitting MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah over his remarks on the abrogation of article 370.
The Supreme Court has give a huge relief to all those who have been in trouble due to various case pending against them for expressing their views over various issues and many of them have been booked for sedition over such opinions.
According to the news agencies, the Supreme Court said that expression of views by people can have a clash with the government and it is not sedition.
“Expression of views which are dissent and different from government opinion cannot be termed as seditious,” a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was quoted as saying by India Today.
The court dismissed the PIL filed against the National Conference leader and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner after he failed to substantiate his allegation that Abdullah sought help of China and Pakistan to criticise India over the issue of Article 370.
Last year, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir had last year said China “never accepted” the abrogation of Article 370, and he hoped that it would be restored with their support.
“Whatever they are doing at LAC in Ladakh all because of the abrogation of Article 370, which they never accepted. I am hopeful that with their support, Article 370 will be restored in J-K,” Abdullah had said.
New Delhi had scrapped the special status granted to J-K under Article 370 on 5 August, 2019, and divided into the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.