Naga People’s Movement of Human Rights V/s Union of India (1998)


CaseNaga People’s Movement of Human Rights vs. Union of India, AIR 1998 SC 431
CourtBefore Supreme Court of India
BenchHon'ble Judges/Coram: J.S. Verma, C.J., M.M. Punchhi, S.C. Agrawal, Dr. A.S. Anand and S.P. Bharucha, JJ.
Author of the judgementJustice S.C. Agrawal
Decided On27th November, 1997
Author of the briefOjaswa Pathak

In the present case the validity of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 and Assam Disturbed Areas Act 1955 were challenged in view of the alleged violations of human rights by armed forces personnel deployed in the “disturbed areas”.


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