PIL on Koul Commission report on 2010 killings

HC grants government 3 more weeks to file response

GK CORRESPONDENT
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 7 2017 12:56AM | Updated Date: Dec 7 2017 12:56AM
PIL on Koul Commission report on 2010 killings

The High Court on Wednesday granted three more weeks to the government to file response to a plea seeking directions for making public the Koul Commission’s report on killings of 2010 unrest.

The Commission submitted the report to government in December last year.  A division bench of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey granted three weeks to government after senior additional advocate general B A Dar requested for six weeks.  

Dar produced a communication to court and submitted that the Koul commission report is under examination in consultation with General Administration Department.   

Counsel for the petitioner Shafaqat Nazir submitted that the PIL has been filed last year and the government has not filed the response to it. He said there is no scope for deputy commissioners to identify the families of victims for compensation as same has been reportedly done in its report by the Koul commission.  

A social organization Jammu & Kashmir Peoples’ Forum through its general secretary M M Shuja has approached the court seeking directions for making public the findings of the Koul Commission in 2010 unrest, killings and monitoring of follow up action by the court after the report is made public.

The petitioner also seeks directions for implementing the recommendations of Koul Commission on grant of compensation to the victim families.

 Constituted under the J & K Commission of Enquiry Act, 1962, the government had constituted the one man commission headed by Justice (retd) ML Koul to probe the 2010 unrest killings.

As per reports, the Commission in its findings has indicted government forces for firing upon demonstrators without magisterial orders and use of disproportionate force on protesters.

While the Commission has reportedly said that both administration and police were “inactive” and “indolent” in tackling the law and order situation, it has also recommended a CBI probe into the killing of a teenager Tufail Matto and registration of a murder case against police personnel involved in “torturing” Umar Qayoom of Soura to death.

Tufail's death, on 11 June 2010, by a teargas shell led to widespread protests and triggered an unrest in which more than 120 people were killed.