Justice continues to evade Kashmiri Pandits, courtesy the Supreme Court of India. It has rejected a second plea to investigate the genocide and exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits.
The order came from a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and DY Chandrachud after a chamber hearing of the review plea filed against the rejection of their earlier petition on July 24. The SC had earlier declined an investigation on the grounds that ‘it happened 27 years ago’. The stunning part is that the same SC has ordered to scrutinise SIT’s decision to close 241 cases related to anti-Sikh riots in 1984.
Vikas Padora, lawyer for Kashmiri Pandits, said: “If the court can scrutinise each case of anti-Sikh riots which happened 33 years ago and order re-opening of the closed ones, why can they not order a probe into the killings of Kashmiri Pandits which took place 27 years ago? A total of 70 murders have been pardoned.We are exploring the possibility of filing a curative petition.”
Kashmiri Pandits have rallied under the banner ‘Roots of Kashmir’. Amit Raina of the same said: “The SC recently even admitted a petition to reopen the probe of assassination of Gandhi. They are also reopening anti-Sikh riot cases. Then why this discrimination towards us citing the time lag of just 27 years? We will file a curative petition.”
On July 24, a bench of the then CJI J S Khehar and Justice Chandrachud had dismissed the PIL ‘for the simple reason that the instances referred to in it pertain to 1989-90, and more than 27 years have passed’.
Padoraargued before the bench that not a single FIR out of 215 registered cases was investigated by the State of Jammu & Kashmir, and the Union government also failed to take any measures to ensure justice to the families of victims or punish ‘terrorists like Yasin Malik’. In response, the counsel was snubbed by the CJI for making a political speech.
The CJI asked him: ‘Where were you till now? Why are you coming to court now? Are you making a drama here? Are you making a political speech and saying all this for making headlines in the media?”
It is of great grief and even surprise that even the SC seems adamant on not ensuring justice to bereaved families.