- The Supreme Court has decided to scrutinize SIT’s closing of 241 cases related to 1984 Anti-Sikh riots
- However, the Court dismissed another PIL investigating Kashmiri Hindu Killings in 1990 stating that it has been 27 years since the tragedy
- Kashmiri Pandit Community’s representative ‘Roots in Kashmir’ has filed a petition against this decision
New Delhi, August 24, 2017: The Supreme Court of India recently decided that it will scrutinize the decision of the Special Investigation Team to close down 241 cases that were related to the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.
However, in a different decision, the Apex court rejected PIL that urged the investigation of 1990 Kashmiri Hindu killings. The court stated that the case is 27 years old.
These distinct responses coming from the Apex court have been questioned by “Roots in Kashmir”, the representative of Kashmiri Pandits.
On 24 July, D Y Chandrachud along with CJI J S Khehar dismissed the PIL for investigating Kashmiri Hindu Killings because “the instances referred to in it pertain to 1989-90, and more than 27 years have passed.”
Roots in Kashmir has branded this hypocrisy on the part of the Court as absolute “travesty of justice.”
The 1984 Anti-Sikh riots are about 33 years old whereas the court dismissed an investigation for a tragedy that is 27 years old. These are the questions that the councel of Roots in Kashmir, Vikas Padora aims at the Supreme Court.
Previously, Padora had questioned the jury bench as to why not a single case out of 215 total registered cases was investigated by Jammu and Kashmir Government. But his powerful speech was snubbed and labeled ‘political’ by the CJI.
The Kashmiri Pandit leaders intend to file a review petition against the decision of the court to dismiss the PIL.
Roots in Kashmir seeks justice for the relatives of the hundreds of Hindus that were slaughtered in the valley.
– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394