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“Not seditious to disagree with Govt:” Supreme Court dismisses PIL seeking action against Farooq Abdullah for views on Article 370

Srinagar: Disagreeing with the views and policies of government will not attract the offence of sedition, the Supreme Court observed on Wednesday as it rejected a petition seeking action against former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for his views on abrogation on Article 370 of the Constitution.

A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta said that expressing views which are different from the opinion of the government will not be seditious.

The petitioners, Rajat Sharma and Dr. Neh Srivastava, had taken exception to Abdullah’s comments on the Central government’s 2019 decision to scrap Article 370 which conferred special status on the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir.

Sharma is the secretary and trustee of the organisation, Vishwa Guru India Vision of Sardar Patel. Story to be updated.

 

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