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SC dismisses PIL against 'government funding and security' to Kashmiri separatist leaders
Dismissing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought to stop government funds and security given to 'separatists' in Kashmir, the Supreme Court said that this issue was not a part of judicially manageable proceedings.
The plea, filed on September 8 by lawyer ML Sharma, said that the government had spent more than Rs 100 crore on foreign travel, security and other expenses of separatists. Sharma had also alleged that the separatists use this money for anti-India activities.

The court refused to entertain the plea and said that the judiciary cannot examine what funds are given to whom in cases of handling a sensitive state such as Jammu and Kashmir.

"We are of the considered opinion that the grant of funds for purposes of security or otherwise is within the executive domain of the Central government. In a matter like this, a PIL does not deserve any entertainment and therefore we are not inclined to interfere," the Bench said.

It also said that the executive has the full authority to provide security cover to any citizen who faces threats.

Refusing to use the term 'separatist' in its order, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and UU Lalit said, "It's a matter of perception. Has the government declared them separatists? The conduct of a man may not be to the liking of others and (so) they call him separatist, but you can't use that term in court."

Last week, the apex court accepted the petition and had asked the petitioner to number his petition and had also shared the feelings of the petitioner.

"We also share the same feelings. Everybody sitting here feels the same," Justice Anil Dave had said.

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