2010 Killings: New Govt to decide CoI's fate

2010 Killings:  New Govt to decide CoI's fate

It is a major administrative decision, so we have decided to leave the issue for the new dispensation.

Fate of one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into 2010 unrest killings would be decided by the new government as term of the probe panel that was constituted by the erstwhile National Conference-Congress regime had been extended only up to January 31, 2015, officials said on Friday. 

 

Pertinently, on June 19, 2014, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had reconstituted COI under Justice (retd) M L Koul to probe the killings of youth by police and paramilitary CRPF men during 2010 unrest.

 

On Friday, the State’s Information Department in an official handout said, “The term of Jammu and Kashmir Commission of Inquiry (CoI) had been extended upto January 31, 2015.” The disclosure of the official spokesman has put question mark on the fate of CoI probing the 2010 killings.  

 

Sources told Greater Kashmir the administration has in-principle decided that the new government would take a call on fate of the probe panel. “It is a major administrative decision, so we have decided to leave the issue for the new dispensation,” said an official.   

 

Meanwhile, Registrar and Assessor, CoI, Habibullah Bhat said he has written to the government today to grant them 6-month extension. 

“The CoI cannot be shut until and unless we will decide all 62 cases submitted by petitioners,” he said, adding “We will continue the proceedings as its (CoI’s) term can be extended later also.”

Pertinently, Omar Abdullah led government had constituted a CoI in 2010 to probe the first 17 killings of the summer unrest.

 

The CoI died silent death after the then government did not grant it extension, despite requests by its then head, Justice (Retd) Syed Bashirudin in 2011.

 

On June 19, 2014 , the State Government reconstituted the  (CoI) to  probe all  the killings of 2010. Justice (Retd) ML Koul was appointed as its head. The move, according to the experts, was more of a damage- limitation exercise of erstwhile Omar Abdullah- led government after it suffered a crushing defeat in the 2014 parliamentary polls.

 

Omar had himself acknowledged that the 2010 killings and hanging of Afzal Guru were main reasons for NC’s debacle in the polls.