Legal system in Kashmir under pressure: Army chief

Army Chief General V K Singh on Friday said the legal system in Jammu and Kashmir was under "various pressures" that leave a question mark over the process.

Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 20:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Army Chief General V K Singh
on Friday said the legal system in Jammu and Kashmir was under
"various pressures" that leave a question mark over the
process.

"I don`t know how much you are aware of the legal
system in the valley. There are various pressures out there.
You are aware of Miyan Qayoom Khan, who was President of the
Bar Association and now he is in detention and he has been
rabidly anti India.
"Now, with that kind of a situation, what kind of a
justice we would expect and legal provisions would be
followed, leaves a question mark," he told a press conference
here.

The Army Chief was responding to a question why the
Army was opposing a civilian trial in the alleged fake Machil
encounter.

Commenting on the inquiry in the case, he said the
probe was delayed initially "because of the local courts
putting a ban on the witnesses being available to the Army and
after that, there were lot of legal wrangles in trying to get
the issue sorted out."
He said the inquiry was in progress and as per the
normal procedures, the Army would like to complete its own
inquiry before coming to any conclusion as to what had
actually happened.

Asked if the case had put a question mark on the other
encounters that had taken place in the state, Singh said, "One
incident like this can`t put under cloud anti-infiltration
measures and encounters that take place."

"It would be over-generalisation on the part of
anybody to link this with it (Machil encounter) and say that
all other infiltration measures have failed or there are
people who are involved," he added.

PTI