SC dismisses PIL to earmark Pak-occupied areas of J&K and Gilgit as LS seats

The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to earmark and declare Pakistan-occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit as parliamentary seats. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also imposed a fine of Rs 50000 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 Pakistan-occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir 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 Pakistan-occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit.

The Hindu

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