December 2017 News

Can't Direct JK Legislature To Constitute State Minority Commission: SC

11 December 2017
Rising Kashmir


New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday categorically said it cannot direct the state legislature of Jammu and Kashmir to legislate for formation of minority commission for the state and asked the Centre to 'deliberate' on it, Livelaw.in reported. 'How can we ask or direct the state legislature to legislate in a particular manner. The Government of India (GoI) says they will deliberate on it and get back to this court', Chief Justice Dipak Misra heading a three judge bench told Ankur Sharma, the petitioner who is a Jammu-based lawyer. 'We can't issue any direction on a subject like this..it's up to them', the CJI said. The Supreme Court had on August 8 given three more months to GoI and Jammu and Kashmir government to sit together and take a considered view on formation of a minority Commission for the state. At the outset a then bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar justices D Y Chandrachud and AK Goel took serious note of state government's affidavit which said it's Official's could not get time to coordinate with Official's of the GoI's on the issue as they were busy conducting Amaranth Yatra, law and order duties and a worsened situation. n May 1, the GoI had informed the Supreme Court that a high level committee comprising of senior officials of the state and central government has been constituted take a considered decision on formation of a minority commission for Jammu and Kashmir.. It is headed by Union Secretary, Minority Affairs, Chief Secretary J&K and other members has been constituted pursuant to the last Supreme Court Order. One meeting has also been convened, the Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar. The mandate of the committee is to submit a joint proposal before Supreme Court suggesting as to how problems faced by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians of J&K owing to their non identification as minorities shall be resolved.

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