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We will speak up for men on the field: Nirmala

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said she has no “grudge” against a group of Army officers who have approached the Supreme Court to present their views on cases related to the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

The Minister said the officers had chosen to go to the court as there was a “certain sense of worry” in their minds which she could understand.

In an unusual move, around 700 Army officers and soldiers, without the Centre’s approval, have petitioned the Supreme Court, requesting it to protect the bona fide action of soldiers under the AFSPA, and voicing concerns over the move to dilute some provisions of the law which protects the security forces from prosecution.

“We are speaking up for the men and officers on the field and that is why the Advocate General, Attorney General appear on behalf of the government. So we will hope that the court gives a good comprehensive hearing,” she said.

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