A court in Bihar has ordered that an FIR be filed against Jammu and Kashmir former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah under Section 156(3) of the CrPC for saying, "Even if the entire Indian Army comes (to Jammu and Kashmir), they cannot defend people against militants and terrorists," on 28 November.
Sitamarhi Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ram Bihari on 8 December ordered that the FIR be registered following a petition in this regard by local advocate Thakur Chandan Kumar singh, which was filed on 30 November.
Singh told IBTimes India over the phone that he had filed the petition because he considered Abdullah's statement, which was part of his speech at a seminar on Indo-Pak ties, was an affront not only to the Indian Army but the entire country as well.
Interestingly, some reports suggest that Singh had filed the case for Abdullah's remark: "Pakistan-occupied Kashmir will remain in Pakistan, and Jammu and Kashmir will remain in India," a couple of days earlier. However, Singh confirmed that this was not the case, and he had filed the petition over only the Army remark.
"I am doing what the law should have done right from the beginning," said Singh over the phone from Sitamarhi.
"He shows no faith in the country's security forces. Such statements also pose a threat to the country's peace and law and order situation," the man who contested the Bihar Assembly elections from the Riga constituency in Sitamarhi as an Independent candidate went on to add.
Singh's petition was subjected to some harsh questioning by the local CJM, who asked him why he was not filing it in Jammu and Kashmir, or at least with the Patna High Court. However, Singh told IBTimes India that the judge finally ordered the FIR to be registered after he successfully argued for it.