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Govt to seek review of SC order banning SPOs

CNN-IBN
Jul 08, 2011 at 02:04pm IST

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry is likely to file a review petition on the Supreme Court order that arming civilians to take on Naxals is unconstitutional by July end. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the review will seek that special police officers (SPOs) be allowed for intelligence gathering and stationary duty.

Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramanium is studying if the Supreme Court order will have limited bearing on Chhattisgarh, which has created armed civilian groups - Koya Commandos and Salwa Judum - to counter the Naxals.

Subramanium will also study the order's impact on the Northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir. He will then advise the Home Ministry if a review petition should be filed or not.

The Ministry will also consult consult the chief ministers of the affected states.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that creation of Koya Commandos and Salwa Judum was in violation of the Constitution.

Chhattisgarh government has also been directed to withdraw firearms from SPOs with immediate effect. The court has also directed the Union Government to desist from funding SPOs.

The state of Chhattisgarh will also file a review petition in the court. Currently, there are anywhere between 4000 to 6000 SPOs in the state and they serve a crucial role in the anti-Naxal operations.

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