SC Flays Jammu And Kashmir Order On Kishtwar

SC Flays Jammu And Kashmir Order On Kishtwar

27 August 2013
The New Indian Express


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday took strong exception to an order of the Jammu and Kashmir government, which provides for differential compensation to the people from the state and outsiders who are victims of riots or other similar incidents. A Bench comprising Chief Justice (CJI) P Sathasivam, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “You (J&K government) file a detailed affidavit. You cannot be justified, if you are giving more to somebody and less to somebody else.” “Your are giving more to one group and less to another group. Are you justified?” the CJI asked Gaurav Pachnanda, senior counsel appearing for J&K. The Bench was hearing arguments on a PIL filed by Sudesh Dogra of the J&K National Panthers Party, which sought a directive to the Centre and the J&K Government to provide adequate security and safe passage to the pilgrims stranded due to the curfew imposed in the wake of the communal clashes that ravaged Kishtwar. The petitioner pointed out that this is discriminatory as “the next of kin of paramilitary force personnel, if he is a permanent resident of J&K, is sanctioned '5 lakh (in case of death), whereas for other personnel of paramilitary forces only '2 lakh is sanctioned if they are Indian citizens.”