New Delhi: Rejecting a petition against Jammu and Kashmir MP Farooq Abdullah, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that expressing a separate opinion from the government cannot be termed as ‘treason’. The apex court said, “The expression of those opinions which are different from the governmental opinion cannot be called treason.”
According to the Supreme Court, the petitioners failed to prove their allegation that Farooq Abdullah had sought the help of China and Pakistan against India to abolish Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The petitioner was fined Rs 50,000. The petition against the leader of the National Conference is linked to his remarks, which are against the Centre’s move to abolish special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.