Shopian Firing: Major victory for Indian Army, SC stays FIR against Major Aditya

New Delhi, Feb 12: Supreme Court has stayed FIR against Major Aditya in Sophian firing case and issues notice to the Centre and J&K govt, seeks reply in two week

This is being seen as a major victory for the Indian Armed Forces. The Supreme Court has stayed the FIR against Major Aditya.   SC has sent notice to the Center and the State. Attorney General will assist the Court in this case. Till next hearing no coercive step will be taken.

The Supreme Court on Friday had agreed to hear on Monday the plea of father of an Army officer, booked as an accused by Jammu and Kashmir Police in the recent Shopian firing incident.

"SC has issued notice to Centre and J&K government. We have been asked to serve a copy of the petition to office of Attorney General of India and Court has requested AGI to clarify the stand of Centre in two weeks. J&K govt also has to clarify its stand in two weeks.On our prayer the Court has directed that no coercive action will be taken against Major Aditya Kumar in pursuance of the FIR lodged against him. It is a positive encouraging day, " informed Aishwarya Bhati, Advocate. 

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered advocate Aishwarya Bhati's submission that the plea of the father be heard on an urgent basis

The lawyer said the FIR has illegally been lodged against Major Aditya Kumar in connection with the firing incident in Shopian

"We will hear it on Monday," the bench had said

Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh said his son, a major in 10 Garhwal Rifles, was "wrongly and arbitrarily" named in the FIR as the incident relates to an Army convoy that was on bonafide military duty in an area under the AFSPA and was isolated by an "unruly and deranged" mob pelting stones, causing damage to military vehicles

Two civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village in Shopian, prompting the chief minister to order an inquiry into the incident

The FIR was registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Major Kumar, under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code.

News24Bureau with Agencies