Too late to probe case on Kashmiri Pandits: Supreme Court

The petition was filed by advocate Vikas Padora, appearing for ‘Roots of Kashmir’ which stated Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their houses in the Valley and could not join the investigation.

Published: 24th July 2017 12:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th July 2017 08:01 AM   |  A+A-

Protesters throw stones on police during a protest against government's plan for setting up separate township for Kashmiri Pandits, at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. (PTI Photo)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Refusing to entertain a plea which sought prosecution of various persons including separatist leader Yasin Malik for offences including murder of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits during 1989-90, the Supreme Court on Monday said the delay is too much in the case.
A Bench of Chief Justices JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said, “It is heart-wrenching. But you sat over it for last 27 years. Now tell us from where will the evidence come? It will be very difficult to gather evidences in cases of murder, arson and looting which had led to mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley.”

The petition was filed by advocate Vikas Padora, appearing for an organization ‘Roots of Kashmir’ which stated that Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their houses in the Valley and could not join the investigation. The plea further submitted that the delay was there but neither the Centre nor the state government or the judiciary took adequate note of it to do the needful.
The organisation has alleged that 215 FIRs had been lodged relating to the murder of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits and none of the cases has reached a logical conclusion.

The PIL was filed on behalf of displaced Kashmiri Pandit youth and had sought re-investigation in criminal cases and transfer of these cases outside the state and also contended that none of the murder case has reached a logical conclusion.  During 1990s when the militancy was at peak in the Kashmir Valley, thousands of Kashmiri Pandits were forced to abandon their homes and all their belongings as they fled the Valley amid rising threats and attacks on them.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.