New Delhi, Mar 4: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on a petition asking that the brutal beheading of two Indian soldiers near the Line of Control (LoC) by Pakistani troops be raised in the International Criminal Court.
An apex court bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and J.S. Khehar asked the government to file a response within four weeks.
The bench tagged the case with another petition, which had raised the issue of mutilation of the body of another Indian soldier, late Captain Saurabh Kalia, by Pakistani Armed Forces during the Kargil war.
The court passed the order on a PIL alleging that the government has not taken any action against Pakistan after the ghastly killing of the two jawans.
Two Indian jawans Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were killed by infiltrating Pakistani soldiers in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8.
Their bodies were found mutilated, sparking a diplomatic face-off between India and Pakistan and tension along the Line of Control that separates the two countries.
Earlier, the apex court had sought the Centre’s response on the plea of Captain Kalia’s father Dr N.K. Kalia.
Sympathizing with the agony of Captain Kalia’s father, the apex court had earlier said it would examine whether it can direct the government to raise this issue at the international forum before passing such an order.
Captain Kalia’s father has filed a petition before the UN Human Rights Commission demanding justice for his son.
In May 1999, Captain Kalia had gone out on patrol duty in Kaksar area of Kargil along with five other soldiers – Sepoys Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh.
They were caught by the Pakistan Army, which kept them in captivity for over 22 days and subjected to brutal torture as evident from their bodies handed over by the Pakistan Army on June 9, 1999. (ANI)