NEW DELHI – A division bench of the Indian Supreme Court comprising Justice RM Lodha and Shiva Kirti Singh has directed the counsel for the puppet regime in occupied Kashmir to file a counter reply to the writ petition of the 7th class Kashmiri student, Faizan Ahmed within three weeks.
The petition has been filed by senior advocate Bhim Singh through Legal Aid Committee of the territory against illegal arrest and trial of the minor by the Indian police in August last year.
Appearing for the minor from Kashmir, Bhim Singh strongly protested that in spite of the Supreme Court directive on July 22, 2013 to the territory to justify the detention and trial of Faizan within four weeks, it utterly failed to file the counter reply.
Bhim Singh urged upon the Supreme Court to take appropriate action against the administration and the police for committing a heinous offence and violating the law in regard to the juvenile.
He submitted that there was no Juvenile Welfare Board, no Juvenile Courts and no system in the occupied territory to handle the juveniles during the disturbances. He made a strong plea that several school going children had been put in jails, terrorized and tortured by the occupation authorities on one pretext or the other.
He urged the court to direct the counsel for J&K to submit the entire list of the minors detained by the authorities.