Supreme Court Seeks Government's Stand On Jammu And Kashmir Encounter

Supreme Court Seeks Government's Stand On Jammu And Kashmir Encounter

27 January 2012
India Today
Gyanant Singh

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought to know the stand of the Centre on the court martial of five army officers involved in an alleged encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pathribal village. Seven persons were killed in the encounter that took place in the wake of the massacre of Sikhs in Chittisinghpora in the state in 2000. A bench comprising Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notice to Union home and defence secretaries after the army argued that prior sanction from the Centre was mandatory for initiating court martial proceedings. The court did not seem to be convinced with the army's argument and issued suo motu notice to the government seeking to know if its sanction was must for the officers' court martial. The army had invoked the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act to protect its officers from being prosecuted before a civilian court.