SC ‘shocked’ over Bar affidavit questioning accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday took exception to the contents of an affidavit filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association questioning the state’s accession to India.
The apex court also said that it would pass a directive likely by January 18 next year on whether pellet guns can be fired upon protestors in Jammu and Kashmir.
The court had earlier on April 28 asked the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) to talk to various stakeholders and consider their opinion in connection with the plea against the use of pellet guns in the state.
The Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHBA) had alleged that the pellet guns were being ‘misused’ by the government forces.
The case was filed in the wake of several lives lost during last year’s unrest in the Kashmir Valley.
Around 78 people lost their lives and over 100 people were injured, several critically, in Jammu and Kashmir last year due to the use of pellet guns, the JKHCBA claimed in its petition.