Agnipath Petition Update: Case goes to CJI court

New Delhi,( An early hearing has been sought in the Supreme Court on a petition seeking an SIT probe into the violence and damage to public property against the central government’s Agnipath scheme. Petitioner and advocate Vishal Tiwari, while mentioning the petition before a bench headed by Justice CT Ravi, sought early hearing. Court responded saying that the counsel should mention it before the Chief Justice, and let him decide.

Petition stated it has been said that the youth joining the army under the Agnipath scheme will remain skeptical about their future. Petition has also sought formation of an expert committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to examine the impact of the scheme on national security and the Indian Army.Petition also stated that in protest against the Agnipath scheme, angry protestors set fire to twenty bogies of New Delhi-Bhagalpur Vikramshila Express. Angry protestors also set the Bihar Sampark Kranti Express on fire. The scope of the protests is so huge that East Central Railway has had to cancel 164 trains. Thousands of passengers are stranded at Patna Junction due to non-availability of trains.Apart from the central government, the governments of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Telangana have been made respondents in the petition.(HS)