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Delhi HC refuses to pass order against Abdullah over PoK remarks
11/21/2017 10:43:19 PM
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NEW DELHI, Nov 21: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to pass any order on a PIL seeking action against National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah over his alleged remarks on Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the petitioner to approach the ministry concerned, which would decide the issue on merit.
The court was hearing a plea filed by Delhi-based Maulana Ansar Raza, who claims to be a social activist, seeking "immediate investigation" and "arrest" of the Srinagar MP alleging that he had favoured Pakistan and insulted India.
The bench disposed of Raza's plea, saying it was not expressing any opinion on the petition and asked the Centre to take an independent view on the matter.
It said the petition had been filed without making any representation before the authorities concerned.
The plea had alleged that Abdullah had been making "such controversial remarks and statements by which the nation and its people felt ashamed of such people being Indian citizens".
Abdullah had on November 11 said that PoK belonged to Pakistan and "this won't change" no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fought.
The petition, filed through lawyer Nawal Kishore Jha, has said that the NC chief should be tried for penal offences, including sedition and treason, under the IPC and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Intelligence Bureau be asked to probe the issue.
"I tell them in plain terms--not only to the people of India, but also to the world--that the part (of J&K) which is with Pakistan (PoK) belongs to Pakistan and this side to India. This won't change. Let them fight how many wars they want to. This won't change," Abdullah had said.
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