On 10 August, while hearing a plea filed by the Jammu and Kashmir government, the Supreme Court expressed concerns over the state of affairs in Kashmir. The apex court asserted that the unrest in the Valley has to be dealt with a humane approach.
Since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on 8 July, the relentless clashes that have broken out between protesters and security forces have left 55 dead, and several others injured.
"There must be a humane approach towards the problem and it is now missing. People should be treated with love and affection but it is lacking at present and it must be ensured by the government," was the observation made by the Bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy.
This observation came from the apex court while hearing a plea from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, seeking a stay on the contempt proceedings initiated by a sessions court against Srinagar's Senior SP, for not registering an FIR against a Deputy Superintendent of Police who had allegedly shot down a 22-year old youth, Shabir Ahmad Mir, by barging into his home on July 10.
The sessions court had also initiated contempt proceedings against the SSP for not complying with its order, which was then upheld by the J&K High Court. The lower court had then issued a non-bailable warrant against the SSP, following which he was arrested and brought before the court for not complying with the order.
The court referred the matter to the High Court to initiate contempt proceedings against him, prompting the state government to rush to the Supreme Court.
On hearing the arguments put forth by the state government, the apex court has stayed the initiation of contempt proceedings against the SSP, and has directed the state government to examine the circumstances under which the youth was killed. The state government has been directed to submit a report on the matter to the court in a sealed envelope on 12 August.