After being denied justice for thirteen years, Kargil martyr Lt Saurabh Kalia's father has moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the government to raise his son's case at the International Court of Justice at the Hague.
Saurabh Kalia was captured by Pakistan and subjected to brutal torture during the war in 1999. His mutilated body was later sent to his family after 15 days.
NK Kalia has alleged that his son Capt Kalia was captured as a prisoner of war but was killed in a gruesome manner in violation of the Geneva Convention.
The petition filed through advocate Arvind Sharma has alleged that despite making several representations to the government, no steps have been taken in connection with the brutal killing of Kalia, who was with the 4 Jat Regiment (Infantry), at the ICJ. "We have made a prayer asking the apex court to direct the government to move the ICJ," Sharma said.
Questioning the government and the system of judgement, Dr Kalia told reporters, "The then Prime Minister and Defence Minister had promised to take up the issue. Why have they not done so?"
The family wants that the torture of their son be declared a war crime and also wants Pakistan to apologise. Lt Saurabh Kalia's mother said, "We didn't get justice for the past 13 years and so we were forced to go to the Supreme Court."
Capt Kalia and five other soldiers of his patrolling team were captured alive on 15 May, 1999 and kept in captivity where they were severely tortured and their bodies mutilated.
Kalia along with five soldiers -- Sepoys Arjun Ram, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria, Bhika Ram, Moola Ram and Naresh Singh of the regiment had gone for a routine patrol of the Bajrang Post in the Kaksar sector in Ladakh.
Reacting to the reports, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, "This is an extremely, extremely sad story. But having expressed our deep distress and concern, we haven't got an adequate response from Pakistan. I express my deep respect to the family. He, in a sense, was a sentinel. Whatever is possible will be done. Matter is before the Supreme Court."
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh also tweeted expressing concern, but also blamed the NDA government for not raising the issue since it occurred when they were in power.
The Defence Ministry said it was going through its records and would take appropriate action in this regard.
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Updated Date: Nov 28, 2012 10:14:00 IST