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Asked to help in finding solution to protests, Bar questions Kashmir accession; invites SC wrath

Wednesday October 4, 2017 8:16 PM, & Agencies

Kashmir Stone Pelting
[Young Kashmiri Muslim protesters throw stones at Indian policemen during clashes in Srinagar. (File photo)]

New Delhi:
The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed shock at the submission of Bar Association of Jammu and Kashmir terming the accession of the state into India as "mysterious" and "controversial" while taking a strong note of it.

The state's Bar Association, which was asked by the apex court to help in finding amicable solution to the protests and stone-pelting, filed an additional affidavit giving reasons for the continuing unrest in the Valley, according to PTI.

"How is your additional affidavit relevant to this Special Leave Petition? We are shocked," a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, told the bar body.

When Solicitor General (SG) Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Centre, referred to certain controversial portions of the affidavit, the bench said, "We wanted to know the reasons (of protest from the bar body), which is a mistake".

Earlier, the apex court had observed that no meaningful dialogue was possible unless violence stopped in the strife-torn Valley.

The court was hearing the appeal of the Bar Association's Executive Member against the September 22 order of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

The High Court had rejected the bar body's plea seeking a ban on use of pellet guns on the ground that the Centre had already set up a Committee of Experts through its memorandum of July 26, 2016 for exploring alternatives to pellet guns.

The top court had said there were "two ways to decide the case at hand. Either the parties sit together and find a solution", or the court decides the case.

It had said the Bar was a "responsible" and "respectable" body and it should help in finding a solution and asked it come up with suggestions to resolve the crisis, including stone-pelting and violent street protests in the Valley.

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