HC seeks report on relief to pellet victims

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, May 9: The High Court today sought response from Government on compensation sought by the lawyers body for pellet victims of 2016 unrest in Kashmir.
Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Sanjeev Kumar today sought response with supported material by June 1 with regard to  reliefs except seeking ban on use of pellet, sought by the Lawyers body in PIL.
Supreme Court in SLP has already observed that other prayers except ban on use of pellet in the Valley may be taken up with High Court.
Bar Association in its PIL which has been filed in the wake of 2016 uprising in the Valley besides ban on use of pellet has also sought initiating prosecution against all the officers who took the decision of using the pellet guns at the protesters and non-protesters after July 8, 2016.
Bar Association has also sought direction upon the respondents to compensate all those persons whose names are mentioned in the petition as well as those who will come to the notice of court during the hearing of the PIL.
It may be mentioned here that lawyer’s body has challenged the verdict of High Court in which Court rejected to ban the use of pellet gun while controlling the crowd or protesters in the State.
Division Bench of High Court in September 2016 rejected the prayer of petitioner-Association to ban use of pellet while controlling the mob with the finding that no use of excessive force has been recorded by any fact finding authority.
High Court had recorded that without any finding this Court cannot decide as to whether the use of force in particular incident is excessive or not rendered by the competent forum or authority and having regard to the ground situation prevailing as of now and the fact that Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs has already constituted a Committee of Experts through its Memorandum for exploring the alternate to pellet guns.