2016 school burning: HC directs police to expedite probe

The High Court has ordered Director General of Police to get expedited the investigations into cases related to burning of schools in 2016.
2016 school burning: HC directs police to expedite probe
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The High Court has ordered Director General of Police to get expedited the investigations into cases related to burning of schools in 2016.

Pointing out that the investigation of schools burned down during 2016 unrest was not going apace, a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey asked the DGP to take the investigation of these cases to logical conclusion.

The court sought a fresh status report in this regard within four weeks. 

The directions came after the court observed that out of 49 FIRs registered, challan was presented only in four cases. "It means probe in only two percent of cases has been completed," the court said while hearing a PIL.

While it observed that two percent cases have been closed as accidental, the court said: "In so far as 96 percent of the FIRs, the cases are either under investigation or have been denoted as untraced".

Observing that these events have taken place nearly a year ago, the court said the progress of investigation in these cases is highly unsatisfactory.

Disapproving of burning of schools, the court observed it is not only a crime with regard to property but also against society and the people of Kashmir.

The court said the cases cannot be allowed to be left un-investigated and the probe needs to be taken to logical conclusion by catching the perpetrators and punishing them.

With regard to DPRs relating to re-construction of the schools that were submitted by secretary Education department to Planning department  for granting approval within two weeks, the court said the approval has been granted beyond a period of two weeks.

Seeking his affidavit within two weeks, the court directed commissioner secretary Planning department to file an affidavit to explain as to why the time period of two weeks was not complied with.

The court said it had directed that the entire process be completed within four weeks but the period has already expired and the administrative approval and the sanction from the education and finance departments has not been realized yet. 

"We therefore direct the said process be completed within three weeks from today," the bench said, directing the secretary Education and secretary Finance department to file compliance within time.

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