Supreme Court throws out a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (Pok), Gilgit as two Parliamentary seats. A Bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose dismissed the plea stating that it is "ex facie untenable". The petition was filed by Ram Kumar Yadav, the former official of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The petitioner contended that as many as 24 assembly constituencies have been carved out by the government from PoK and Gilgit. The 111- member Jammu and Kashmir Assembly have always functioned with 87 legislators and on a similar line, the Centre and other authorities should be directed to declare PoK and Gilgit as two Lok Sabha seats. The Court questioned the interest of the petitioner in POK who himself is a resident of Delhi. The Court dismissed the plea stating that they cannot pass any orders on the issue, and also imposed a cost of Rupees 50,000/- on the petitioner.
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