Koul Commission recommendations sent to cabinet, HC told

Koul Commission recommendations sent to cabinet, HC told
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Srinagar: The state government on Tuesday informed the J&K High Court that the recommendations of the Koul Commission on 2010 killings have been scrutinized and forwarded to cabinet for final decision.
Senior additional Advocate General (AAG), BA Dar told the court that the recommendation report has been scrutinized by General Administration Department (GAD), Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Police Headquarters and Additional Director general Crime Investigation Department (CID).
“The matter is now referred to the cabinet which will take a final call,” he said.
On previous hearing, Dar had submitted that the recommendations of Koul Commission were under examination with General Administration Department (GAD).
Meanwhile Advocate Shafkat Nazir and Advocate Nadeem Qadri representing the petitioners pleaded before court that the government has failed to file the response from last nine months and in particular failed to make the recommendations and enquiry report of Koul Commission public.
After hearing the counsels from both sides, the division bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Dhiraj singh Thakur directed the State to file status report about the decision taken by cabinet within the period of two weeks.
The Koul Commission was appointed in June 20, 2014 by the then government led by Omar Abdullah to probe into the civilian killings in 2010 unrest. In 2010 summer unrest, more than 120 people were killed.
Earlier, the court had asked the state to file a response as why the Koul commission report was not brought into public domain.
The one man commission headed by Justice (retd) ML Koul submitted its report to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on December 30, 2016.
A social organization Jammu and Kashmir peoples’ Forum through its General Secretary MM Shuja, had filed the Public interest Litigation (PIL) before the court seeking directions for making the findings and the recommendations of the commission public.
The PIL said that the commission was tasked to enquire into the circumstances leading to deaths of people by firing or maintenance of law and order in various districts of valley in 2010.
Apart from this, the commission had also made recommendations to address the grievances of the victim families.
The PIL pleaded that if the commission’s report would have been made public and implemented, the unrest of 2016 and continuous disturbance could have been avoided.
“By keeping the public in dark and state is indulged in gross abuse of the process of law and shielding those who may have been guilty,” said the PIL.
The PIL said that a portion of the report has been leaked to media but government is yet to make the report public and none of the recommendation has been implemented.