Supreme Court to hear ML Sharma’s PIL on Kashmiri Separatists’ funding

Separatist leaders in the Valley might have a new, and very persistent, problem on their hands. A PIL filed in the Supreme Court of India makes serious allegations of funds being directed to such agencies to fund “anti-national activities” in the country.

The case was mentioned today before a Bench of Justices Anil R Dave and L Nageswara Rao.

Filed by Manohar Lal Sharma, who has been in the news for filing PILs aplenty, the petition quotes startling statistics. Sharma has alleged that every year, close to 356 crore of the taxpayer’s money is spent on the security, travel and well-being of these leaders.

Sharma has prayed that the release of funds to separatists such as Syed Ali Geelani without authority or permission be declared unconstitutional and illegal. He also says that this release of funds amounts to a criminal breach of trust under Section 409 of the Indian Penal Code.

Sharma has also requested that the CBI be directed to lodge an FIR with respect to this illegal release of funds, and to conduct an enquiry into the same.

Interestingly, the Article 32 petition does not refer to any particular Article under Part III of the constitution. Instead, it alleges violation of the

“Fundamental right of the Citizen of India”.

The Bench has now agreed to hear the matter on September 14, provided it is numbered.