The Supreme Court has admitted a petition filed by over 300 Armymen “claiming that exposing them to CBI and police prosecution for exigencies during operational encounters against insurgents will endanger ‘national security’”, reports The Times of India.
The “exigencies”, otherwise known as encounter killings, arise from the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which the petitioners seek to maintain. In other words, the petitioners demand that soldiers in disturbed areas be allowed to exercise the right to open fire without the possibility of investigation by civilian authorities.
According to Hindustan Times, the petition says that any investigation into the “criminality, misuse, abuse, negligence, excessive power, judgment error, mistake, bonafide or malafide, of actions done in good faith by soldiers operating in AFSPA areas, without considering the Standard Operating Procedures of Indian Army, should be declared illegal and unconstitutional”.
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