SRINAGAR: The high court on Friday asked the state government to make the Koul Commission report public within a period of three weeks. The court described it as final opportunity to the government. The report is regarding the killing of protesters and bystanders during the public uprising in 2010 during Omar Abdullah led National Conference-Congress coalition.
Hearing the public interest litigation, a division bench comprising Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Mohammad Magrey directed the additional advocate general (AAG) BA Dar to file the final response within three weeks.
The state counsel submitted before the court that Koul Commission report was under examination, in consultation with General Administration Department, police head quarters, IGP, CID and Deputy Commissioner Srinagar.
He stated that efforts were being made to finalize the Action Taken Report on the recommendations made by retired Justice Koul in his report.
He further submitted that the position was last reviewed in a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary (Home) which was also attended by Director General of Police and others.
“Certain inputs are still awaited for which the matter is being vigorously pursued to enable us to conclude the examination of the report in an expeditious manner,” the state counsel submitted.
The PIL states that the state has not made the Koul commission report public neither has it taken any action against any security personnel to mitigate the sufferings of the victims with the result that the society at large carries an impression that constitution of such commission is an exercise in futility.
The petition further reads, “Had the report been filed on time and the recommendations implemented, the unrest of 2016 and the continuing disturbance in the Valley could have been averted.”
More than 120 people were killed by state police and paramilitary CRPF personnel in Kashmir valley in 2010.
On June 19,2014, the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah appointed one-man judicial Commission to probe the 2010 killings. The Commission submitted its report in December 2016.
The PIL has been filed by Peoples Forum, an NGO through its General Secretary M M Shuja seeking a direction for making public the report of “Koul Commission” of retired Justice M L Koul public.