Justice for Capt Saurabh Kalia approach ICJ with or without SC nod: Shanta to Centre

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Jun 02, 2015 22:11 IST

Former union minister and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar on Tuesday said the central government instead of waiting for the Supreme Court's nod should immediately approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with respect to the alleged torture and killing of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia by Pakistani forces.

"I am grateful to union minister for foreign affairs Sushma Swaraj who has said the government would move the ICJ if the Supreme Court allows. But the government should raise the issue immediately with or without the apex court's permission," the veteran leader said.

He said the nation couldn't forget how the Pakistan forces treated Kalia and his five comrades in violation of the Geneva Convention. "Pakistan violates ceasefire almost every day and should not be let off just because it's a neighbouring nation and we are commonwealth countries," Shanta said.

He said Pakistan had once approached the ICJ against India. Hence, the government should also raise the issue immediately as already a 16-year delay had deprived the martyr of justice.

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