J&K HC disposes off PIL against Arundhati

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court disposed off a PIL seeking action against writer Arundhati Roy for her reported remarks advocating right of self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court
on Thursday disposed off a PIL seeking action against writer
Arundhati Roy for her reported remarks advocating right of
self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The double bench headed by Chief Justice F M Ibrahim
Khalif Ulla also directed the petitioners to approach police
for criminal complaint.

"The court disposed off the petition thereby reserving
our right to approach police (for criminal complaint) and in
case police declines to intervene they may have right to
approach criminal court," Rohit Kapoor, who pleaded the case
on the behalf of the petitioners, told reporters.

The PIL was filed by Veer Saraf, Ajay Bhat and Vijay
Kashkari, all members of the Routes, an organisation of
Kashmiri Pandits based in Jammu and Delhi.

At a panel discussion on Kashmir at the Asia Society in
New York earlier this month, Roy had said that revoking the
Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Jammu and Kashmir and
demilitarisation are needed to ensure the right of self-
determination to the people of the state and a country cannot
call itself a democracy if people are forced to live under
military rule.

"I want to say unambiguously that I do not think any
country that calls itself a democracy has the right to force
people to remain in it in a militaristic way, the way that
India is doing in order to prove that it`s a secular country,"
she had said.

PTI

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