Bar files PIL, seeks ban on use of pellet guns

Bar files PIL, seeks ban on use of pellet guns

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, on Saturday filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court to challenge the use of use of pellets guns by the government forces on protesters.
The petition has been sent to the Chief Justice of the High Court for his decision on whether or not the plea could be treated as a PIL.
Bar Association President, Mian Qayoom, said that the lawyers’ body has filed the PIL before the High Court to ban the use of pellet guns on protesters.
“Since these pellets guns have caused grave injuries to youth and children, we decided to file the PIL,” he said.
The Bar has made the Home department, Police, and medical authorities as party to the petition.
The senior lawyer said that if the Chief Justice approved the petition as PIL, the first hearing would likely be on Monday.
State Advocate General, Jahangir Iqbal Ganaie, said that the Bar Association has filed the petition.
“The petition was filed in the afternoon, and it has been sent to the Chief Justice for his decision whether the petition will be considered as PIL before it is listed for court hearing,” he said.
The use of pellets guns by CRPF has been widely condemned and criticised following very critical eye injuries to youth and children in the ongoing unrest.

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