SC to hear PIL seeking protection of Kashmiri students today
New Delhi, Feb 21: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to protect Kashmiri students who are allegedly being attacked across the country in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike. A bench, comprising Chief Justice Rnajan Gogoi and Justices L N Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, on Thursday took note of senior advocate Colin Gonsalves’ submission that the plea needed to be heard urgently as it relates to the safety and security of students.The bench, which refused to list the plea for hearing on Thursday, however, assured Gonsalves that it will be listed for consideration on Friday. The plea alleged that students from Kashmir Valley are being attacked at different educational institutions across the country after the Pulwama terror attack and authorities concerned should be directed to take actions to stop such assaults. A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court in the backdrop of attack on Kashmiris after the Pulwama Terror attack. The petition filed by Tariq Adeeb, a practicing lawyers, was mentioned today by Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves before the Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi seeking urgent listing. The matter might be listed today. The petition has arraigned eight States and the Union government as respondents. The respondent States are Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. The petition gives details of attacks on people from Kashmir in different parts of the country. The petitioner has prayed for steps to be taken to prevent such attacks, threats, and social boycott against Kashmiris. Specifically, the petition prays for directions to be issued to heads of institutions including educational institutions to take steps to protect the lives of Kashmiris. The petition also prays for prosecution of persons indulging in hate speech. Further, the petitioner has also sought the appointment of a senior officer as a Nodal officer in every State and Union Territory and sensitive district to prevent acts of violence and vigilantism and to ensure prosecution of offenders.