SC dismisses PIL seeking info on India-China clashes of 2020 at Galwan

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a PIL that sought a direction to the Centre to supply information on whether the state lost any territory during the clash with the Chinese military in June 2020, saying these are the matters for the State and not for courts.

A bench comprising magistrate Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat was hearing the PIL which alleged that the official stand was “misleading” the citizens post the clash at the Galwan Valley in June 2020.

The bench dismissed the plea of 1 Abhijeet Saraf, saying that it pertained to policy matters.

“These are matters for the State... There can be skirmishes on the border. Whether there's a loss of territory or no loss of territory, whether there has been encroachment from the opposite side or whether we've got advanced into their territory, these don't seem to be matters for the courts, it said.

Reacting to the order, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said the Supreme Court has taken an accurate stand on the matter

“The Supreme Court is completely correct. These matters mustn't be delivered to the apex court. Govt should handle such matters and citizens should trust Indian Army about the sensitive ground realities,” the minister, who could be a Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh, said on Twitter.