Kashmir Solution Petition: The Supreme Court on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a petitioner seeking to implement the Manmohan-Musharraf four-point formula to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli said that it is not inclined to entertain the petition filed by IIT-Bombay graduate Prabhakar Venkatesh Deshpande.
Which petition was fined?
The petitioner underlined that there cannot be a military solution to the problem. Deshpande supported the implementation of the so-called four list formula prepared by former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and former President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf.
This formula includes solutions to the problem of autonomy, joint control, demilitarization and a borderless border. The petitioner further said that these issues can be discussed further.
Court told publicity interest litigation
To this, the bench said that the court cannot interfere in policy matters and the petition appears more in the form of a ‘publicity interest litigation’. The bench said that it is informing the counsel for the petitioner that it will impose fine on the petitioner for wasting the time of the court with such petitions.
‘We will fine’
“Of course, we will listen to you, but we are giving you notice that we will impose fine,” the bench warned. Advocate Arup Banerjee, appearing for the petitioner, said the country had fought “two and a half wars” with Pakistan over Kashmir in the last 70 years, but no solution has been found. The bench, after hearing for a few minutes, said that it was not inclined to entertain the petition. The bench imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner.
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