AFSPA: Army chief Bipin Rawat asks why officers, soldiers filed plea in SC

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 4, 2018 2:04:36 am

Army Chief Bipin Rawat is learnt to have pointed out that most of the signatories had never participated in counter-insurgency operations. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is learnt to have questioned the need for serving officers and soldiers to approach the Supreme Court in their personal capacity against the alleged dilution of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

“The Army was fighting these cases, the government is aware of these cases, and AFSPA is a very strong law which provides protection to the soldiers. Now, if these guys (the petitioners) lose the case, what will happen,” sources quoted Rawat as saying during a three-hour-long interaction with Colonel-rank officers and their wives Sunday.

Nearly 700 Army officers and soldiers have approached the Supreme Court against the so-called dilution of AFSPA, which shielded them from prosecution without the central government’s nod. Rawat is learnt to have pointed out that most of the signatories had never participated in counter-insurgency operations.

He was particularly scathing in his remarks on officers of the JAG branch, saying that these lawyers had misled the officers and soldiers…

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