March 2017 News

SC To Centre, J&K: Decide Whether Muslims In Kashmir Are Minorities

28 March 2017
Times Now

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre to sit together and decide whether the Muslims living in the state can be treated as minorities. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul asked both the governments to resolve the issue and submit a report to it within four weeks. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, who has alleged that benefits meant for the minorities in Jammu and Kashmir are being used by Muslims, who are a majority in the state. The plea alleged that rights of religious and linguistic 'minorities' in the state were being 'siphoned off illegally and arbitrarily' due to extension of benefits to 'unqualified sections' of the population. 'When in the name of minorities certain schemes are implemented in the state and the majority community is looting it away, I think it directly impinges upon the basic character of our Constitution,' said Ankur Sharma, speaking to TIMES NOW. The plea also seeks the formation of a constitution of a State Minority Commission, the absence of which is causing serious concerns for the minority communities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.