Expressing views which might be totally different from authorities opinion can’t be termed “sedition”, the Supreme Court stated right this moment, dismissing a petition towards Jammu and Kashmir MP Farooq Abdullah.
“Expression of views which are dissent and different from government opinion cannot be termed as seditious,” stated the highest court docket.
The petitioner, stated the Supreme Court, didn’t substantiate his allegation that Farooq Abdullah had sought the assistance of China and Pakistan towards India on Article 370 on particular standing for Jammu and Kashmir, which was scrapped in August 2019.
The petitioners had been fined Rs 50,000.
Petitioners Rajat Sharma and Neh Srivastava had objected to the National Conference chief’s feedback protesting towards the centre’s transfer to finish particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir underneath Article 370. Their petition stated Farooq Abdullah “is anti-national” and if he was allowed to proceed as MP, “it would amount to approval of anti-national activities by anyone in India, which would be against the unity of the country.”
Mr Abdullah, 83, is a National Conference MP from Srinagar. The former Chief Minister and his son Omar Abdullah had been amongst scores of leaders detained to preempt any protests after the historic transfer to abrogate Article 370 and convert Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.