The Supreme Court on Monday i.e. 19 September 2022 rejected yet another petition for setting up a Special Investigation Team(SIT) to probe the infamous 1990 Kashmiri Pandit exodus.
A bench of judges B.R. Gavai and C T Ravikumar refused to entertain the plea filed by one Ashutosh Taploo, son of Tikalal Taploo, who was shot dead during 1990 Kashmir exodus, carried out at the behest of the militants of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front.
The judges of the bench issued a statement saying that, “We are not inclined to hear this plea” and asked the petitioner to withdraw it and seek for some other appropriate remedy.
Lakhs of Hindu Kashmiri Pandit members in Jammu and Kashmir were killed and forced to flee to neighbouring states in order to safeguard themselves from the genocide in the Kashmir valley in the year 1990. Although no petitions on the horrific killings of Kashmiri pandits have ever been entertained by our apex court so far. Not even a single person till date has been convicted for the macabre event that is considered to be one of the worst human exoduses of the country.
In March this year, the Supreme Court had refused to hear a plea seeking a probe into the mass killing and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits filed on 24 march 2017 by an NGO called ‘Roots in Kashmir’. According to the apex court, it is difficult to probe and collect evidence on the event that occurred 27 years ago.
In the review petition it was revealed that the decision was taken without considering all the relevant evidences and it is in contrast to the 2007 verdict of the Supreme Court on Japani Sahoo vs Chandra Sekhar Mohanty case where the court stated that the ‘crime never dies’.
After the dismissal of the curative petition by the Supreme Court, the long-lasting battle of the Kashmiri pandits to seek justice is still seeing no end. They have met with a similar fate as that of Sikhs who were killed in 1984 and 58 Karsevaks, who were killed in the 2002 Gujarat Godhra riots.
The continuous dismissal of petitions by our honorable Apex court brings the latter in the limelight as to why till date no justice has been given to the Kashmiri Pandits and are we still following the British made laws where our courts are showing ignorance to the genocide that took place in one part of the country.