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SC to hear plea for expert panel probe before FIR against Army

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today said it will hear on February 12 a plea seeking a direction to the Centre to constitute an expert panel for conducting inquiry before any case is lodged against personnel.

The plea, filed by Vineet Dhanda, an advocate, said a direction be given to the government not to withdraw the cases against 9,730 people allegedly involved in stone-pelting incidents and show seriousness in the cases registered against the offenders or stone pelters in the Valley.

The petition was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud which said it would hear it on February 12.

It also sought a direction for an inquiry by a sitting high court judge into the FIR registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Aditya Kumar, under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code at station in on January 27.

It said that such cases be allowed to reach to the natural conclusion after trial.

The plea said that serious efforts by the have shattered the morale of terrorists, who are now using the Valley's youths to attack defence personnel with stones.

It said given the unabated terror activities in the Valley, the has to safeguard itself.

"The question of the morale of the Army is very important. False cases are registered against Army personnel, which results in serious demoralisation," it said.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 22:05 IST