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Killing of Kashmiri Pandits, SC dismisses curative plea seeking CBI or NIA probe

New Delhi, Dec 8, 2022- In a big setback for the Kashmiri Pandit community, the Supreme Court has dismissed a curative petition seeking probe by either CBI or National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the alleged 1989-90 genocide of Kashmiri Pandits.

A bench comprising Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer said: “We have gone through the Curative Petition and the connected documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this court in Rupa Ashok Hurra v Ashok Hurra. The Curative Petition is dismissed.”

The plea filed by organisation, Roots in Kashmir sought a probe either by the CBI or National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the alleged mass-murders and genocide of Kashmiri Pandits during 1989-90.

The plea challenged an order of the top court passed in 2017 dismissing the plea saying, “the instances referred in the petition pertain to the year 1989-90, and more than 27 years have passed by since then. No fruitful purpose would emerge, as the evidence is unlikely to be available at this late juncture.”

A statement from the organisation had said that the curative petition cited a 2018 Delhi High Court order on Sajjan Kumar in anti-Sikh riots case. The high court allowing the appeal said, “It is important to assure those countless victims waiting patiently that despite the challenges, truth will prevail and justice will be done…”

The plea said: “Transfer of investigation of all the FIR’s/cases of murder and other allied crimes against Kashmiri Pandits in year 1989-90, 1997 and 1998, to some other independent investigating agency like CBI or NIA or any other agency as appointed by this court, as till date J&K Police has failed miserably to make any progress in hundreds of FIR’s lying pending with them”.

The plea sought prosecution of Yasin Malik and Farooq Ahmed Daar and Bitta Karate, Javed Nalka and others, for hundreds of FIRs of murders of Kashmiri Pandits during 1989- 90, 1997 and 1998, and which are lying un-investigated by the J&K Police even after expiry of 26 years.

“Transfer of all the FIR’s/cases pertaining to murders of Kashmiri Pandits, from State of J&K to some other State (preferably State of NCT of Delhi), so that the witnesses, who were reluctant to approach police or Courts in view of their safety concerns, can freely and fearlessly come and depose before Investigating agencies and Courts,” added the plea.

The plea urged the top court to issue direction to complete the trial and prosecution of Yasin Malik for alleged gruesome murder of four officers of the Indian Air Force on the morning of January 25, 1990, which is currently pending before the CBI court.

“Appointment of some independent Committee or Commission to investigate into the mass murders and genocide of Kashmiri Pandits during 1989-90 and subsequent years, and also to investigate the reasons for non-prosecution of FIRs of murders of Kashmiri Pandits and court-monitored investigation so that the hundreds of FIR’s can reach their logical conclusion without any further delay,” added the plea.  (Agency)

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