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‘Separation of opinion from government is not treason’: SC rejects petition against Abdullah

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An application was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a sedition case against former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah for speaking out against Article 370 of the Jammu and Kashmir Act.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an application seeking removal of Article 370 of the Jammu and Kashmir Act. The Supreme Court has made an important comment in this case and said that ‘expression of opinion which is different from the opinion of the government and dissenting opinion cannot be called treason’. An application was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a sedition case against former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah.

A man named Rajat Sharma had filed an application in the court seeking an order to conduct a sedition case against Farooq Abdullah for making a statement against Article 370 of the Jammu and Kashmir Act.

The petition said that Farooq Abdullah had taken anti-national and anti-national steps. Not only should the Home Ministry take legal action against them, they should also cancel their membership in Parliament. If he continues as a Member of Parliament, it means that anti-national activities are taking place in India and it will harm the unity of the country. ‘

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The petitioner said that ‘Farooq Abdullah made a statement that he would re-implement the 300 which is tantamount to anti-nationalism and sedition, as it was passed by a majority in Parliament.’

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The Supreme Court today dismissed the petition and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner who filed the PIL. The court imposed the fine on Farooq Abdullah for failing to prove the petitioner’s plea that he had sought the assistance of China and Pakistan against India under Article 3 against 0.

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