SC refuses to entertain plea looking for SIT probe into Kashmir migration

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition looking for instructions to arrange a particular investigation crew (SIT) “to identify the perpetrators who were involved (in), aided and abetted” alleged killings “of Hindus and Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir during the period from 1989-2003” and to prosecute them.

A bench of Justices B R Gavai and C T Ravikumar requested the petitioner, an NGO referred to as We the Citizens, to present illustration to the central authorities.

The NGO agreed to do that and sought liberty to withdraw the plea, which was granted by the Supreme Court. The petition stated the alleged killings led to the exodus of Hindus and Sikhs from the Valley. It talked about Pakistan, Islamic radicalisation and “complacency on the part of Indian State” as a part of the issue.

The plea had additionally sought path “to rehabilitate/resettle the Kashmiri Hindus and Sikhs, including those who have migrated after the exodus in 1990 and onwards from Kashmir and any other part of the country… to conduct a Census of Hindus and Sikhs of Jammu & Kashmir who have been victims/survivors… residing in different parts of India” and “directions to… declare that all sale of properties post exodus in the year January 1990, whether religious, residential, agricultural, commercial, institutional, educational or any other immovable property as null and void”.

In July 2017, a bench of then CJI J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud had dismissed the same PIL filed by Roots in Kashmir, saying “the instances referred to pertain to 1989-90, and more than 27 years have passed”.

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