SC to hear plea of Army personnel challenging prosecution in AFSPA areas

NEW DELHI, Aug 14: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on August 20 a plea filed by over 300 Army personnel challenging registration of FIRs against them for operations in disturbed areas such as Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is in force.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar considered the submissions of lawyer Aishwarya Bhati that the Army personnel are being “persecuted” and proceeded against for performing duties in such disturbed areas.

The petition was filed by the army officers, including Col Amit Kumar. They range from the level of Section Commanders to Commanding Officers of the Section, Platoon, Company and Battalion, leading 10 to 1000 men each. (AGENCIES)