State Minority Commission case in Supreme Court

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Apex Court imposes 30,000 for not filing reply on time

Jammu, Jan 2

The Supreme Court today imposed fine to Union of India and State of Jammu and Kashmir and imposed costs Rs 15,000 each for not filing the reply. The court also directed to pay Rs 30,000 to the petitioner Ankur Sharma.

In WPPIL No. 489/2016 titled Ankur Sharma V/s Union of India and Ors. seeking identification of religious and Linguistic minorities in the state of J&K, Centre and state Governments suffered a major blow when the Supreme Court of India imposed costs of 15,000 each for not filing their reply in time.

When the much publicized matter came up for hearing, Advocate Ankur Sharma (petitioner-in-person) strongly pressed for the suspension of minority schemes illegally being implemented in the state for the reason that the Central NCM Act is not applicable to the state of J&K and the majority community of the state is illegally reaping the benefits of more than 50 minority schemes.

At this moment the Union of India and the state requested for some more time to reply. The court came down heavily upon them and imposed costs of 15,000 and 15000 each on both the governments.

Sunil Fernandes appeared for the state of J&K. Union of India was represented by a battery of lawyers. Advocate General J&K was also present in the court.

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