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SC Refuses to Hear Plea For Probe Into Killings of Kashmiri Pandits

The bench said it is too late to order an investigation. “No evidence will be available after 27 years. What happened is heart wrenching but we can't pass orders now,” the court said.

Utkarsh Anand | CNN-News18

Updated:July 24, 2017, 12:15 PM IST
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SC Refuses to Hear Plea For Probe Into Killings of Kashmiri Pandits
“You can't keep shouting from the rooftops but not move courts,” the bench said. (Representative image/PTI)
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain PIL by a Kashmiri Pandit youth group for investigation into mass killing of Pandits in 1989-90.

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said it is too late to order an investigation. “No evidence will be available after 27 years. What happened is heart wrenching but we can't pass orders now,” the court said.

The apex court asked the petitioners why they didn’t approach the court earlier. “Why didn't the community move courts earlier? You were so badly treated, you should have come to court then?” the SC said.

“You can't keep shouting from the rooftops but not move courts,” the bench added.

Advocate Vikas Padora, appearing for Kashmiri Pandit youth group, Roots in 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 PIL said FIRs contained names of Yasin Malik and Bitta Karate but no action was taken.

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.

Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee the Valley in the early 1990s amid rising threats and attacks during the peak of militancy​.

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