The Supreme Court today agreed to hear next week a Public Interest Litigation which has sought a direction to the government to immediately stop the funding of separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.
"We also share the same feelings. Everybody sitting here feels the same”, Justice Anil Dave heading the bench told petitioner and lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma when he mentioned the PIL.
Sharma wanted the funding to be declared “unconstitutional and illegal” as the government “cannot be allowed to provide money to those who are acting against the interest of the nation”.
“The government has also spent Rs 21 crore on putting up these separatists in luxury hotels and Rs. 26.43 crore on fuel for them to travel around and spread their anti-India venom. While the separatists speak for, even instigate, militancy and Pakistan's terrorist proxies such as the Hizbul Mujahideen who are responsible for the killing of thousands of people, both security forces and civilians, since 1990, India goes out of its way to protect their lives. India has spent Rs. 309 crore to provide security to the separatists over the last five years, with some 950 security men guarding them round-the-clock, according to data provided by the J&K government in 2015”, the PIL said.
The lawyer quoted media reports questioning grant of funds to separatists for travel, accommodation, logistics and other purposes.
"Expenditure was made without informing the Parliament and the CAG has also never adduced any audit report on how these funds were used while the money was used to wage a war against the country", he said
Sharma has sought initiation of criminal prosecution against those who have illegally authorised release of this money from the consolidated fund of India.
PRAYERS IN THE PIL: