SC asks centre to decide on minority status to non-Muslims in J-K within three monthsThe bench was hearing a PIL filed by Jammu-based lawyer Ankur Sharma that in a Muslim majority state like J&K, non-Muslims should have been granted minority status to avail benefits of governmental schemes.
In a significant decision, the Supreme Court today asked the central government to take a decision within three months on a plea to grant minority status to non-Muslims in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices A K Goel and D Y 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.
(With PTI inputs)