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Supreme Court to hear plea by Army men challenging prosecution in AFSPA areas

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 20 Aug 2018, 02:08:28 PM
Supreme Court to hear plea by Army men challenging prosecution in AFSPA areas (File Photo)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea by over 300 Army personnel challenging the registration of FIRs against them for operations in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is in force.  A three-judge bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta, which in 2017 passed an order regarding the same will resume hearing on September 4, 2018.

"The matter has to go before the same bench," Justice Lokur said.

In July 2017, the court constituted the SIT and ordered lodging of FIRs and probe into as many as 1,528 cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur.

Meanwhile, the bench said that two separate petitions related to Manipur fake encounter cases will be heard on September 4.

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The main petition said Army personnel were being "persecuted" and proceeded against for performing duties in such disturbed areas.

The filing of the plea by serving Army officers assumed significance as the CBI's SIT has recently filed charge sheets in two separate encounter cases in Manipur against armed forces in which murder charges have been slapped.

The SIT was constituted by the apex court while hearing a matter related to alleged fake encounters by the Army, the Assam Rifles and the state police in Manipur.

(with inputs from PTI)

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First Published : 20 Aug 2018, 02:03:35 PM