The Supreme Court today stayed all proceedings in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court including its order to enforce a recommendation of State Human Rights Commission to provide Rs 2 lakh compensation to each of the victims of the Kunanposhpora alleged mass rape case of 1991.
A bench comprising justices J Chelameswar and R K Agrawal also issued notices to all respondents including PIL petitioners Abdul Ahad Shah and other civil society members on whose plea the high court has been entertaining the matter.
The order was passed on the appeal filed by the state government which was supported by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who appeared for the army.
Jammu and Kashmir government was represented by advocate Ashok Mathur, who said that all respondents have been asked to respond to the Special Leave Petition.
The PIL filed in the High Court raised several issues including re-investigation into the alleged mass rape of several women allegedly by army men in 1991.
They had also sought directions for implementing recommendation of SHRC in the case.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the state government to produce the Supreme Court order staying the proceedings in the case by March 16.
After the Division Bench was informed by Additional Advocate General Riyaz Khan that all proceedings of the case have been stayed by the Supreme Court in an exparte order, the High Court listed the matter for March 16.