SC refuses plea to probe alleged ‘mass murder’ of Kashmiri Pandits

Srinagar

The Supreme Court of India Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking probe and prosecution of various persons for allegedly killing Kashmiri Pandits during 1989-90, the time when militancy was on peak in the Valley.

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said that almost 27 years have passed and 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”, reports said.

“You (petitioner) sat over it for last 27 years. Now tell us from where the evidence will come,” the bench said.

Advocate Vikas Padora, appearing for an organisation ‘Roots of Kashmir’, said “Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their abodes in the Valley and could not join the investigation” and further submitted that the delay was there but neither the Centre nor the state government nor 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 have reached a logical conclusion.

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