In supreme court, Bar association challenges JK accession
Srinagar: The Kashmir Bar Association Wednesday left the Supreme Court (SC) of India ‘shocked’ after they questioned J&K’s accession to India. The J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA) also said that “all elections in the State are rigged and does not inspire confidence in people”.
The HCBA team led by its newly elected president Mian Qayoom said this in an additional affidavit submitted in the apex court. The SC took strong notice to the contents of the additional affidavit filed by the HCBA.
The SC was hearing the case about the use of pellet guns by security forces in the state when Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar brought the affidavit to the Court’s notice.
He submitted, “They are questioning the accession of Jammu & Kashmir to India. They also say that all elections in the State are rigged and does not inspire confidence in people.”
Taking strong exception to the affidavit, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said, “How is your additional affidavit relevant to the SLP? We are shocked.”
The Court then proceeded to list the case for hearing on January 18.
The Bar Association team led by its president Mian Qayoom was required to submit an affidavit making clear the “actual position” on the use of pellet guns in the valley.