Shopian firing case: SC restrains J&K govt from taking action against army officials

The Supreme Court on Monday restrained Jammu and Kashmir government from taking any coercive action against Army officials allegedly involved in Shopian firing case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, while staying the FIR directed that no coercive action be taken against Major Aditya in connection with the incident.

The bench also issued notices to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government and asked both to file a reply within two weeks.

The Supreme Court order came on a plea by Major Aditya’s father, Lt Col Karamveer Singh, seeking to quash of the FIR lodged by the Jammu and Kashmir Police against his son and other Army personnel over the firing incident in Shopian.

The Jammu and Kashmir police lodged the FIR against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Major Aditya Kumar bringing charges of murder and attempt to murder against them.

Three civilians were killed in the incident when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village in Shopian on 27 January this year. Later, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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