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SIT’s penal action warnings will not work: Mufti

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Srinagar: “Bullying us into silence by penal action warnings will not work,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said on Thursday after the Special Investigation Team probing the Hyderpora encounter threatened legal action against political leaders for making “speculative” statements about the investigation.

In a tweet, the former chief minister said, “Remarks on the SIT probe by different political parties isn’t mere speculation. They are grounded in facts. The administration’s aversion & discomfort with truth coming to the fore is well known. Bullying us into silence by ‘penal action’ warnings wont work (sic)”.

In a statement here on Wednesday, the SIT said speculative statements from the political leaders have a tendency to create provocation, rumour, fear and alarm among the general masses or particular section of society.

“This kind of approach is against the rule of law and may attract appropriate penal provisions as envisaged under law,” chairman of the SIT said.

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