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SC Dismisses Petition Of 350 Soldiers Challenging FIR Against Security Personnel In Areas Under AFSPA

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| November 30 , 2018 , 18:25 IST

Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by a group of 350 Indian Army soldiers & Manipur police commandos against the SC judgement of allowing a probe into alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur and against dilution of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) on Friday.

In the petition, the soldiers had said that FIRs against security personnel who are carrying out their duties in sensitive areas would only serve to demoralize military and para-military forces.

The Centre supported the pleas before a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur & U U Lalit against the lodging of FIRs against members of the armed forces in AFSPA-enforced areas.

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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, "There has to be a mechanism where the hands of our soldiers are not shaken while fighting terrorism."

The bench, however, dismissed the plea. It said to Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who had previously said that a mechanism is needed to ensure the hands of soldiers do not shake while fighting terrorism, "Who has stopped you from coming out with a mechanism? These are issues for you to discuss and not for the court."