A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul refused to consider the PIL against Abdullah, saying that expression of opinions other than the opinion of the government could not be termed as traitor.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition seeking action against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for his remarks on Section 370, saying that it is not traitorous to have a different view other than the government. Along with this, a fine of Rs 50,000 has also been imposed on the petitioners for filing the petition.
Petitioners Rajat Sharma and Neh Srivastava had sought a case of treason under Section 124-A of the IPC in the court against the remarks of the National Conference chief on the central government’s 2019 decision to dissolve Section 370.
Farooq Abdullah was alleged to have said during a television interview in 2020 that he wanted China to support him and help to restore Article 370 of the Constitution. The National Conference denied that their leader ever sought to restore Article 370 with the help of China. At the same time, Abdullah himself had also denied these allegations.