Supreme Court Of India Refused To Re-Open Pandit Cases

On July 23, the Supreme Court of India refused to reopen 215 cases in which 700 Kashmiri Pandits were killed during the 1989-90 unrest in the Valley. Refusing to entertain a plea seeking reprobe for alleged offences against the Kashmiri Pandits during that period, an apex court bench observed that it will be difficult to obtain evidence after 27 years.

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said: “You (petitioner) sat over it for last 27 years. Now tell us from where the evidence will come.”

To this, the counsel replied that the community had banked on the “legitimate expectation” that successive governments would bring them justice. “But theirs was only lip service,” the counsel submitted.

More importantly here, the Indian Media which otherwise leaves no stone unturned to dehumanise Kashmiris didn’t even bother talking about it. When minor issues like congratulating Pakistan on their victory could make it to the prime-time, this decision from India’s apex court couldn’t reach the apex prime time.

The so called custodians of Kashmiri Pandits’ right did not even bother tweeting about. They otherwise don’t leave a chance to be vocal about this.

Experts believe Kashmiri Pandits’ migration and sufferings are only raked up as a tool to alter the narratives and legitimise the oppression, rather than any sincerity towards the victims.

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