The J&K High court has stayed investigations in the 23-year-old Kunan Poshpora mass rape case after the Army filed a plea against the Sessions court order that discusses Army’s revision petition.
On Thursday, vacation judge of High Court Justice Tashi Rabstan while hearing the Army’s petition stayed the orders issued by Judicial Magistrate Kupwara and Sessions Judge Kupwara. “In the meantime, subject to the objections and till next date, impugned order dated 18/06/2013 passed by the Kupwara Magistrate and the order dated 08/08/2014 passed by the Sessions Court Kupwara shall stay”, the order reads.
Judicial Magistrate Kupwara in an order in June 2013 had ordered further investigations into the alleged mass rape. The order had come after the victims filed a protest petition against the police’s closure report.The Army had filed a revision petition against the order of the judicial magistrate, but the Sessions Judge dismissed the petition paving way for the probe.
The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has accused the Army of “using the judiciary” to protect itself. “Today, Justice Tashi Rabstan, vacation judge in Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Srinagar, in a petition filed by the Indian Army, stayed the ongoing investigations in the Kunan Poshpora mass rape and torture case of February 1991 without hearing the survivors who were party to the orders in the lower courts for further investigations,” said a spokesman for JKCCS.