Ban pepper gas, pellet guns: Hurriyat

Faction to file review petition after Kashmir HC rejects three PILs

A day after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court dismissed three clubbed Public Interest Litigations (PIL) seeking ban on the use of pepper gas and pellet guns to quell mobs during unrest in Kashmir, moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Thursday decided to file a review petition against the judgment.

“The legal cell of the Hurriyat is exploring provisions of a review petition or filing an appeal against the High Court’s judgment in a few days,” moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said.

However, chairman of hardline faction of Huriyat Syed Ali Geelani blamed the counsel for petitioners for the petition’s dismissal by the high court. “It is a very serious matter and those who filed the PIL should have taken the case seriously. It should not have been taken for granted,” he said in a statement.

“Usage of pellet guns and pepper gas was a delicate case, which demanded seriousness and maturity,” Geelani added.

He termed the dismissal as the ‘message’ to Kashmir’s pro-freedom leadership that they are taking things ‘non-seriously’. “It is a serious lapse on our side and it has taught us again to remain vigilant about the serious issues,” he said.

In its judgment, the court had said the petitioners had oblique motive in their petition. The court said that the prayers in the petition cannot be accepted in view of the law’s interpretation laid down by the Supreme Court and their own observations.

Meanwhile, the petitioners of the PIL have decided to file a review petition against the High Court’s judgment.

Advocate Aijaz Ahmad who had filed the petition said he will file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court besides filing the review petition over the recently dismissed PIL.

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