"We have to attack and fire against militants and the verdict is affecting our operations in the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir," said Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.
For years, insurgency-hit areas, especially Manipur, has seen protests against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA. Under the law, soldiers are allowed to make arrests without warrants or raid any location in insurgency-hit areas.
But activists say this legal immunity to the army for strong-arm tactics has led to gross human rights violations over the years. Activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hungerstrike for over 14 years, has become the symbol of protests against alleged army atrocities in Manipur.
The Centre had filed a review petition earlier, but it had been dismissed. Today, Chief Justice JS Khehar said, "If your petition comes within the parameters of curative it is fine otherwise we can't help. We will see".