SC notice to government gives hope to Capt. Kalia's family

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 15:10 hrs

Supreme Court notice to the government on the plea of Kargil martyr, Captain Saurabh Kalia's father, Dr. N.K. Kalia raised hopes of the martyr's family of getting justice on Friday.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the government to take up the martyr's case before an international judicial forum.

Speaking to a reporter here, Dr. N.K. Kalia said: "This is very good news for all of us. Our hopes have now increased considerably and the government would now have to take some serious steps in this case."

In his petition before the apex court, retired scientist Dr. Kalia has contended that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) should ask International Court of Justice (ICJ) to expose the fatal torture meted out to his son.

The Pakistan Army had captured the late Kalia during the Kargil conflict of 1999 and brutally tortured and murdered him.

Dr. Kalia has also asked the Indian government to prod Pakistan to apologise for the incident that went against all norms of the Geneva Convention.

Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the government had already delayed the justice process by many years but now could make amends by ensuring that stringent action is taken against the culprits.

"For years this case has been left untouched and now the government must take immediate steps to provide justice to the family of the martyr so that the perpetrators are brought to book. Saurabh Kalia cannot return to his family but if the perpetrators are convicted, the family would be at peace," said Dhumal.

The aggrieved father has been shuttling from Defence Ministry to Army Headquarters and the External Affairs Ministry and even, to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) since 13 years.

He wants the Indian Government to exert pressure on Pakistan to identify and punish those Pakistani soldiers who indulged in the barbaric torture of his son Captain Kalia.

In May 1999, Captain Kalia had gone out for 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 them to brutal torture as evident from their bodies handed over by the Pakistan Army on June 09, 1999. (ANI)

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