The Supreme Court recently asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to decide whether Muslims in the state can be treated as the minority.
Describing it a “very important issue”, the apex court bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul gave both the governments four weeks time to decide the contentious issue after the Central government said that it has decided to discuss the issue with the state.
The court order came on a PIL alleged that minority benefits are being enjoyed by majority Muslims in the state.
The petitioner in the case – Ankur Sharma – had contended that Muslims constituted 68% of the state’s population and thus were not a “minority” in the state.
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