Why CoI is probing only 17 deaths; Asks High Court

Govt Directed To File Response Within 2 Weeks


Srinagar, Nov 22: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has granted two weeks time to the government to file response as to why Commission of Inquiry (CoI) probing the deaths during 2010 uprising has brought only 17 cases under the ambit of the probe.
 A division bench of High Court comprising Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar passed the direction on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by JKLF chairman Muhammad Yaseen Malik seeking judicial probe into the deaths during 2010 uprising in Kashmir.
 The court directed the respondents to file response in terms of previous directions of the court with regard to the matter.
 The court also directed the Member Secretary of Legal Services Authority to file response in terms of the order which it passed on October 8.
 Previously, the court had asked the state government to file an affidavit explaining why the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was mandated to probe only 17 killings.
 A division bench of High Court had asked the Union and State Government to explain whether the policy decision taken on September 19, 2010 regarding ex-gratia relief to the legal heirs of the victims is confined only to civilians who died till October 10, 2010 or for a later period as well.
 The supplementary affidavit filed by the state government had indicated that as per the decision of Cabinet Committee on Security an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to a relative of deceased was to be granted. However, the date of commencement for granting the relief was mentioned as June 11, 2010 and there was no closing date for it.
 The Court had directed the Union and state governments to place on record copies of policy decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security on September 25, 2010 and subsequent decision taken on September 28, 2010. It asked the state government to constitute committee for identifying the rightful claimants.
 JKLF was represented by senior Counsel Z A Shah while Senior Additional Advocate General, A M Magray represented the state. Assistant Solicitor General of India represented the Army.
 Around 120 civilians were killed in the Valley in police and CRPF firing during 2010 unrest.

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Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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