National security best left to govt., Army: SC


National security best left to govt., Army: SC [Security]

  • Noting that the Centre and the Army are the best judges to decide on matters of national security and threat perceptions, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a petition to direct the government to stop funding separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • “What is to be done for the security of the nation is best left to the Executive and the Army. ... in issues such as these, courts have a minimum role. These are nationally sensitive issues, for they belong to the arena of the security of the nation,” observed the Bench.
  • Giving a stern message to courts that such Public Iinterest Litigation (PIL) petitions should neither be entertained nor encouraged, the Bench said in its order, dismissing the plea, that “we are of the considered opinion that grant of funds to Jammu and Kashmir for purposes of security or otherwise is within the exclusive domain of the Central government.”