Pellet petition: SC ‘shocked’ after Kashmir Bar questions J&K’s ‘accession to India’
J&K High court Bar Association has submitted before Supreme Court of India that all elections held in J&K state “are rigged and does not inspire confidence in people”.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition regarding use of pellets in Kashmir by the armed forces.
Taking strong exception to the contents of an additional affidavit filed by the Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association, the chief justice of India said, “we are shocked.”
The Bar in its affidavit has questioned the accession of the state to the Union of India.
It was Solicitor General of India, Ranjit Kumar, who brought the affidavit to the Court’s notice. “They are questioning the accession of Jammu & Kashmir to India. They also say that all elections in the State are rigged and does not inspire confidence in people,” he said during the hearing of the case.
“How is your additional affidavit relevant to the SLP? We are shocked,” said CJI Dipak Misra.
The case will be heard once again on January 18.
Back in April, the Union government had submitted a new Standard Operating Procedure stating that the use of pellet guns is one of the last resorts used by armed forces in situations of violence.
The Bench of then CJI JS Khehar and Justices DY Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul had asked the Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association not to take sides with either the establishment or the ongoing movement.
The Bar Association was required to submit an affidavit making clear the “actual position” on the use of pellet guns in the valley.