Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea seeking probe into killing of a prominent Kashmiri pandit by JKLF in 1989

19 September, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected to hear a petition seeking an investigation into the 1989 assassination of attorney Tika Lal Taploo in Kashmir valley by terrorists. The panel of Justices BR Ga...

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected to hear a petition seeking an investigation into the 1989 assassination of attorney Tika Lal Taploo in Kashmir valley by terrorists.

The panel of Justices BR Gavai and CT Ravikumar refused to hear the case, stating that it had not heard a comparable case previously.

“We are not inclined to interfere…,” said the bench while granting the liberty to the petitioner to avail of alternate remedies. The petitioner then withdrew the plea.

Ashutosh Taploo, the son of Tika Lal Taploo, a famous Kashmiri Pandit and former BJP vice president who was assassinated by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) terrorists at the time, submitted the petition.

The petition asked for the safety and rehabilitation of family members, as well as an investigation and punishment of those involved in his father’s death.

The Supreme Court has rejected to hear a petition brought by the NGO “We The Citizens” requesting an investigation into the deaths of Kashmiri pandits in the 1990s. It also sought rehabilitation for individuals who had been forced to evacuate the Kashmir valley.

The Supreme Court granted the NGO the right to file a representation with the federal government.

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