In a huge setback to Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia’s family, the Central government has refused to move the International Court of Justice against the cruel treatment meted out to the Kargil war hero by the pakistani soldiers. Captain Saurabh Kalia’s body was sent back to India by Pakistan with his eardrums pierced with hot rods, eyes punctured and removed, most of his teeth and bones broken, and limbs and genitals cut or chopped off. The Supreme Court had directed Government of India to pursue martyr Saurabh Kalia’s matter in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Narendra Modi government has said that moving the ICJ against Pakistan in the matter is not ‘practical’ keeping in view the Bilateral Relations between India and Pakistan. The Centre’s reaction comes after Captain Kalia’s family had demanded for an international probe in the Supreme Court.
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The decision by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is likely to receive wide spread criticism as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while in Opposition, had slammed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for not acting against Pakistan.The UPA during its tenure had maintained that it could not move the ICJ as Pakistan will not permit it and that it is bound by Simla Agreement of 1972, so it can’t treat Saurabh Kalia’s case as a war crime. India feels that it was a bilateral issue and it has always maintained that there should be “non-interference” by ICJ in “bilateral or internal” matters.
Lt Saurabh Kalia was the first Indian army officer to observe and report large-scale intrusion of Pakistani Army and foreign mercenaries on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) at Kargil. He assumed guard of “Bajrang Post” at 13,000–14,000 feet to check infiltration in the Kaksar area. In 1999, Captain Saurabh 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 when he they were captured by Pakistan and subjected to brutal torture during the war.