Fix the responsibility

Let the cabinet take this matter to its logical conclusion and bring the culprits to justice

Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 21 2018 11:05PM | Updated Date: Mar 21 2018 11:05PM

More than a year after Justice (R) ML Koul submitted his report into 2010 probe, the government said it had taken note of the `action’. What action had been taken on Justice Koul’s report, nobody knows. In fact, the findings of the probe have not been made public to this day. The disclosure that the retired justice has said that the fire was opened on demonstrators without magisterial orders has hardly taken any body by surprise in Kashmir. Any way, the report is scheduled to be placed before the cabinet shortly. As per established precedents the report should have been made public in May last year when it was submitted to the Chief Minister. That is what the principles of natural justice require and demand. The authority not only has to do justice but it has to show that justice has been done. But on the contrary, the commission denied the copy of the findings to the father of Tufail Matto who got killed in June and triggered the 2010 summer uprising. He was told that the report comprised hundreds of pages and could not, therefore, be given to him. He even offered to pay the xeroxing charges, but all in vain. This is ridiculous and cannot justify the withholding of the report. The very object of the enquiry commissions is to ensure transparency. And, when an enquiry report is concealed sometimes in the garb of so-called national interest and at times for shielding the men in uniform, questions about its credibility do arise. The truth, therefore, has been a casualty in Kashmir from the very beginning. However, it is never too late to mend. Not to speak of sharing the findings of a probe with he public, the probes have rarely been completed. The people have a reason to believe that probes are ordered to douse public anger. The cabinet is likely to peruse the findings in the coming days. Let it fix the responsibility and bring the culprits to justice. That alone shall satisfy the sufferers. And, that is the only way to rein in the perpetrators.

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