J&K: Petition filed in Supreme Court opposing the withdrawal of cases against stone-pelters

New Delhi: Opposing the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government to withdraw cases against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting against the Army, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court requesting it to stay the decision.

According to the news reported in India Today, the Petition filed by advocate Vineet Dhanda reads that “They are serious law breakers and need to be dealt with in a serious manner. The move of the government to let them go scot-free will further embolden them to repeat such unlawful activities and also demoralise the Indian Army.”

In response to the petition filed, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra told that “We will take it up along with the main petition.”

The petitioner said in the petition filed in the Supreme Court that “Grant exparte ad-interim stay of the order of withdrawal of the cases against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders, between 2008-2017 as stated by the chief minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti.”

It also added that “The move to withdraw the cases proves the fact that the state government is not serious against such offenders.”

On February 13, the SC bench was hearing a petition filed by Dhanda relating to the FIR filed by the J&K government against Major Aditya Kumar. The SC bench had agreed to examine and help find answers to some contentious issues raging in the strife-torn J&K.

To decide on the contentious issues, the Supreme Court sought the assistance of Attorney General KK Venugopal, also seeking the opinion of the Centre and the government of Jammu and Kashmir.