Demand for PoK and Gilgit to declare Lok Sabha seat, SC imposes fine on petitioner

NEW DELHI: The top court on Monday turned down a PIL seeking the Centre's direction to declare Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit as parliamentary seats. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the petition filed by former RAW officer Ram Kumar Yadav is legally ineligible. The bench said, "Have you brought such a petition to the court? There cannot be judicial interference. We cannot issue any such order. The petitioner told the court that the Centre had set up 24 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly from PoK and Gilgit. All these areas are presently occupied by Pakistan. However, the court has dismissed the petition outright.

The petitioner urged the court to issue a direction to the Centre to declare two Lok Sabha seats namely PoK and Gilgit on the basis of assembly seats. For information, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, which has a total of 111 assembly seats, has always been running with 87 MLAs.

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