Why FIR was filed against Major Aditya Kumar ? asked Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ordered that no action will be taken against Major Aditya Kumar, accused of allegedly killing three civilians in firing to disperse a stone pelting mob in Shopian district of Kashmir.

A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra ordered the J&K Police to take no coercive steps on the basis of the FIR against Major Aditya Kumar, an Army officer, who is named as an accused.

The father of the accused Major, Lt. Col. Karamveer Singh, had petitioned seeking quashing of the FIR.

The father contended that registration of FIR and the consequent proceedings would adversely impact the morale of the armed forces fighting militancy in the trouble-torn state.

The petition, filed through Ms. Bhati, recounted that on January 27, a mob isolated and attacked an Army convoy. They pelted stones at the military vehicles and tried to lynch a Junior Commissioned Officer, after which warning shots were fired.

"The unruly mob was requested to disperse and not to obstruct military persons in the performance of their duties and not to damage government property..."

The petition recollected the “brutal and senseless mob lynching of JKP DSP, Sh Mohd Ayub Pandith on June 23, 2017 in Srinagar as a sad but true reminder of the nature of uncontrolled mob in these areas.”

Seeking absolute immunity for Army personnel in bonafide service of their country, the petition said the Army is one of the tools of government to maintain the public order. “A legitimate method of removing any obstacle or impediment for completing the authorised task can be defined as a part of charter of duty,” the petition said.

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