HC Gives Govt 4 Weeks To Act On Unrest Killings

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SRINAGAR: Pulling them up sharply for failing to act on its last year’s orders on the 2010 unrest victims, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday gave the state and the central governments four weeks to carry out its instructions.

At a hearing today before the division bench of Justices JP Singh and Muzaffar Hussain Attar, the government repeated its plea that the investigating panel had stopped functioning due to the retirement of its head, and the other member’s appointment to the state accountability commission.

The then chairman of the State Human Rights Commission, Justice (retd) Bashir-ud-Din, who was heading the inquiry, has since demitted office, and his colleague on the panel, Justice (retd) YP Nargotra, had resigned on August 21, 2011, on being appointed the chief of the State Accountability Commission, the government said.

Interestingly, it was on October 8, 2012, that the division bench of the then Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Hassnain Masoodi had ordered the government to explain why only 17 of the 117 civilian killings had been brought under the purview of an inquiry.

It had also ordered the government to explain why First Information Reports (FIRs) had not be registered in the other killings.

The High Court had also sought details as to the number of cases for which the government had sanctioned ex gratia relief.

Further, it had sought clarifications whether the government’s decision on ex gratia relief taken on September 25, 2010 included killings taking place after October 2 that year.

The High Court had also ordered the government to set up a special committee to determine who deserved ex gratia relief.

The HC had passed the orders on a petition filed by the JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, seeking FIRs in all 117 killings in the 2010 unrest, and an inquiry into the cases.  

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