New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed pleas of around 350 Army personnel who had challenged the registration of FIRs for conducting operations in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is in force. Also Read - Centre Extends 'Disturbed' Tag on Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh; AFSPA to Prevail
The Centre supported the pleas before a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit against the lodging of FIRs against members of the armed forces in AFSPA-enforced areas. Also Read - 'Toothless Tiger' National Human Rights Commission Failed in Manipur: Supreme Court
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the top court that there has to be a mechanism for ensuring “the hands of soldiers are not shaken while fighting terrorism”. To which the apex court replied that nobody was stopping the Centre to come out with a mechanism. Also Read - People Rejected me, Don't Want to Return to Manipur, Says Irom Sharmila: Is it The End of Her Fight?
“Who has stopped you from coming out with a mechanism. These are issues for you to discuss and not for the court,” the Supreme court said.