THE SUPREME Court Wednesday observed that pellet guns should not be used indiscriminately for controlling protests in J&K, but declined to grant a stay on its use without vetting a report being prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
A bench led by CJI T S Thakur issued notices to the Centre and the J&K government and sought replies on a plea alleging excessive use of pellet guns in J&K.
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Fixing the matter for further hearing on January 30, the bench remarked: “All that we want is an assurance that pellet guns will not be used indiscriminately or excessively in the state and will be resorted to after proper application of mind.”
The court was hearing an appeal filed by J&K High Court Bar Association against the High Court order seeking stay on use of pellet guns.