The Supreme Court on Friday canceled the appeal of more than 350 army personnel challenging the registration of the FIR to operate in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir, where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is applicable. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that there must be a mechanism to ensure that "soldiers will not be shaken during fighting terrorism".
The Center supported the plea before a bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit against filing of an FIR against members of Armed Forces in the AFSPA-applicable areas. The Supreme Court said that the Center should discuss this issue and somebody has stopped the government from coming along with the mechanism. "Who has prevented you from coming with the mechanism? These are the issues to discuss for the court," the Bench said.