SC takes exception as Jammu & Kashmir HC Bar Association questions state’s accession to India
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SC takes exception as Jammu & Kashmir HC Bar Association questions state’s accession to India

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court today took strong exception to the contents of an additional affidavit filed by the Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association questioning the accession of the state to the Union of India.

The Court was hearing the case concerning use of pellet guns by security forces in the state when Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar brought the affidavit to the Court’s notice. He submitted,

“They are questioning the accession of Jammu & Kashmir to India. They also say that all elections in the State are rigged and does not inspire confidence in people.”

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra took strong exception to the affidavit.

“How is your additional affidavit relevant to the SLP? We are shocked.”

The Court then proceeded to list the case for hearing on January 18.

Back in April, the Centre had submitted a new Standard Operating Procedure stating that the use of pellet guns is one of the last resorts used by armed forces in situations of violence.

The Bench of then CJI JS Khehar and Justices DY Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul had asked the Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association not to to take sides with either the establishment or the ongoing movement. The Bar Association was required to submit an affidavit making clear the “actual position” on the use of pellet guns in the valley.

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