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1989-90 Kashmiri Pandit Killings: Citing Delay, SC Refuses To Order Probe [Read Order]

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24 July 2017 8:45 AM GMT
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“You are making a drama here..you are making a political speech..you are only interested in headlines..go out and talk to the media..you want something to tell them” Chief Justice while dismissing the petition

The Supreme Court today dismissed a public interest litigation filed by one a NGO Roots in Kashmir, a Kashmiri Pandit youth group for investigation into mass killing of Pandits in 1989-90 and events which led to mass exodus of pundits from the valley.

A bench of chief justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud noted that 27 years had passed by and there is no scope of getting any evidence.
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.

CJI Khehar also slammed its lawyer for not touching any law or arguing on facts saying “You are making a drama here..you are making a political speech..you are only interested in headlines..go out and talk to the media..you want something to tell them”

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.


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