The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a petition filed by Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh, seeking the quashing of a First Information Report (FIR) registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police against his son Major Aditya Kumar, of 10 Garhwal Rifles, in connection with the death of three civilians in alleged Army firing in Shopian last month.
The Army officer’s petition claimed that the firing, which took place on January 27, was undertaken to control “a savage and violent mob engaged in terrorist activity” and that the FIR violated the fundamental rights of his son. The Army officer added that the plea was submitted “for protecting the morale of the soldiers of Indian Army, who are facing all odds in performance of their bonafide duties and laying their lives in the line of duty, to uphold the dignity of the Indian flag”.
The Jammu-Kashmir Police had lodged an FIR under Section 302 (murder charge) against the Army personnel and his unit for opening fire on a group of stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village in Shopian. While two persons were killed on the spot, a third succumbed to his injuries later. The incident prompted Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to order a probe into the killings.
The petition, which was filed through advocate Aishwarya Bhati, said, “The petitioner is constrained to file the present writ petition for quashing of the FIR… in view of the extremely hosti...