High Court intervenes in Kargil martyr issue

Himachal Pradesh High Court after taking suo-motto notice of a news item pertaining to the death of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia of Palampur issued notice to the Central government and sought its reply on the issue of action taken by the government of India to expose Pakistan for its war crimes and violation of the Geneva Convention, The Tribune has reported.

According to the news report, Pakistan violated international laws by capturing him alive and not reporting the Prisoner of War to their counterparts. The brutal torture violated the Geneva Convention. It further reported that when the body of the martyr was flown down from Kargil to Delhi for a detailed autopsy, it showed signs of extreme torture. It was promised by the then Prime minister and others that all efforts would be made to bring this issue to the appropriate international body to punish perpetrators of the crime.

The martyr’s father, Dr NK Kalia, had taken up the issue with the Central government many a times but nothing concrete has been done till date.

Treating this news item as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the court sought the reply from the central government within four weeks time.

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