Pathribal encounter case in Supreme Court today

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New Delhi: The Centre and CBI will today inform the Supreme Court if the Indian Army should try its eight men allegedly involved in the killing of five people targeted by them in a joint operation with the Jammu and Kashmir Police in Pathribal.
Five people were killed in joint operation by the Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police following the massacre of 35 Sikhs at Chattisinghpora in 2000.
A tussle has been going on between the Army and the CBI over the issue; the Army says their eight men cannot be tried by CBI as they have immunity under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
The proceedings in trial court in Jammu and Kashmir had been stayed by the Supreme Court in 2007 on a plea by the Army that its personnel can’t be prosecuted without permission from the Centre.
The CBI, which probed the encounter and filed a chargesheet against eight Army officials including a Brigadier, wants the stay vacated so that trial continues.

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