Minority tag for non-Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir? Supreme Court gives Centre three months to decide

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a last opportunity to the Centre and asked it to take a decision within three months on a plea to grant minority status to non-Muslims in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

A bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justices AK Goel and DY Chandrachud considered the submission of the central government that it needed more time to hold consultations with the state government and other stakeholders, if any.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre said the government has been holding consultations at various levels and eight weeks more time be granted to it to apprise the court about their stand on the PIL.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Jammu-based lawyer Ankur Sharma that in a Muslim majority state like Jammu and Kashmir, non-Muslims should have been granted minority status to avail benefits of various governmental schemes.


Updated Date: Aug 08, 2017 13:02 PM

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