Kashmiri Pandits’ killings: Supreme Court refuses to reopen 215 cases

The Supreme Court also refused to entertain a plea seeking the trial of separatist leader Yasin Malik for alleged offences against the Kashmiri Pandits during that period.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2017 12:25 pm
madhya pradesh riot, cow slaughter, Supreme Court, madhya pradesh government The Supreme Court (File photo)

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to reopen 215 cases in which 700 Kashmiri Pandits were killed during the 1989-90 unrest in the Valley. Refusing to entertain a plea seeking reprobe and the trial of several persons, including separatist leader Yasin Malik, for alleged offences against the Kashmiri Pandits during that period, an apex court bench observed that it will be difficult to obtain evidence after 27 years.

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said: “You (petitioner) sat over it for last 27 years. Now tell us from where the evidence will come.”

Appearing for the organisation ‘Roots of Kashmir’, Advocate Vikas Padora told the court that Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes in the Valley and could not join the subsequent investigations. He also accused the Centre and J&K government of not taking note of it and doing 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.

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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  1. B
    Aug 1, 2017 at 10:38 am
    Amazing comment, Mr. Justice. Have you noticed how many years the SC is sitting on cases? Like a le suit to a property in Ayodhya?
    1. S
      Sushant Saurabh
      Jul 26, 2017 at 1:57 am
      Why SC is wortied about evedences. It is the responsibility of investigating agencies to find that.if it is impossible to found then how a common men expect for justice from such a system because his turns of hearing comes after atleast a decade of FIR.if evedences are not properly found after a big time then how can you justify with the people involved in babari maszid kand and antisikh movement.if the basis of argument is the lack of evedance or impossible to find proper evedence then realy it will be the black day for our judiciary system.
      1. K
        Karpur Hantal
        Jul 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm
        Babrimasjid case can be reopened, but brutal killing of human beings case cannot be reopened, where demolition of temple is a great offense than the brutal killing of human beings, Thank Indian Supreme Court. Where the native is sentenced to death for throughing Koran to cow dung / .
        1. D
          Jul 25, 2017 at 6:13 am
          Yasin Malik and Bitta Karate are murders on the lose, who is responsible the government of India. We lost our armed forces person to Malik and a good number of Kashmir Pandits to Bitta Karate. You must note the population of Kashmiri Pandits even in the eighties was less than 2 percent. Many innocent people from other regions of India were liquidated as well, such as workers in the HMT factory.
          1. S
            Jul 25, 2017 at 5:56 am
            Very very sad that till now families of Kashmiri Pandits, killed as part of a bigger genocide exercise by a group of separatists of specific faith, have received no justice from the government and help from the society around to subject the culprits to severest punishment. All left thugs, slave dynasty thugs, Abdullah morons and award wapsi lizards and other libtards are maintaining their silence as if those killed never existed. We request the current Indian government to initiate the proceedings soon.
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