In a bid to seek a clarification from the Defence Ministry, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy moved a notice for a debate in the Rajya Sabha under Calling Attention Motion on the First Information Report (FIR) filed against the Army officials in Jammu and Kashmir by the state police. Swamy’s move came after the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti declared in the Assembly that she got a clearance to register an FIR against Army officials from the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
If the Defence Minister is convinced that naming Major Aditya is not wrong she must share details how many such FIRs were filed in the past where the army officer was named even before initiating the probe.
For the past few days Swamy has been seeking a clarification from Nirmala about Mehbooba’s claim. Ms. Sitharaman, who is media friendly and an expert in giving multi-lingual bytes has gone totally silent on this issue. The fact of the matter is that the area Shopian – where the Army forced to retaliate against the Jihadi stonepelters comes under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Under AFSPA implemented areas, an FIR or any action against the Army can initiated only with the consent of the Defence Ministry.
It is not a given that the Rajya Sabha Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu will approve the sensitive Calling Attention Motion moved by Swamy, which will force Nirmala to speak. Swamy has already declared that he would raise the issue and seek Nirmala’s clarification on Mehbooba’s claim in Rajya Sabha. On Friday he attempted to raise the issue during the Zero Hour, but could not as the House adjourned over other issues.
In Zero House submissions, the Government is not mandated to reply. But if a Calling Attention Motion is allowed Government must respond. On Saturday, Swamy tweeted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should direct Nirmala to clarify on Mehbooba’s claim.
It is time for PM to call for an explanation from Ms. Sitharaman as why she has not contradicted Mehbooba’s claim that RM okayed FIR
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) February 3, 2018
For the past one week, the Defence Minister is tweeting her meetings with Army, Navy and Air Force stations in uniforms. But giving a clearance to the state government to register an FIR against her boys has dented the image of the Defence Minister. No Defence Minister of this country has ever given clearance to register FIR against the Armed Forces acting in the line of their duty. If the Defence Minister is convinced that naming Major Aditya is not wrong she must share details how many such FIRs were filed in the past where the army officer was named even before initiating the probe. Nirmala owes an answer to the Nation.
 By slapping FIR against the Army Mehbooba Mufti govt has opened a Pandora’s Box – Jan 31, 2018, PGurus.com
 The intriguing silence of Nirmala Sitharaman on J&K Police to register FIR against Indian Army – Feb 1, 2018, PGurus.com
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