Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) pertaining to the burning of schools in 2016, with a direction to the investigating agencies to complete the investigation against those involved in this heinous crime.
The court was informed by Additional Advocate General (AAG) B A Dar that all the court directions have been complied with and there is nothing pending in the matter.
He submitted that the reconstruction of the burned schools has been almost completed and the children of the schools have resumed their class work.
The investigation is in process, and the state police have already produced challans against the accused found to be involved.
Hearing the litigation, the division bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Tashi Rabstan disposed the case with a direction that the investigation process shall be completed effectively on time and the accused brought under the book of law.
Justice Ramalingam said, “We are sure that state government will take accurate steps in strengthening the roots of education in J&K, and for that matter we need to have better facilities and good atmosphere for our children.”
Amicus Curiae advocate Syed Musaib, who was not present before court, had submitted on a previous hearing that as per research conducted at the national level on school infrastructure, J&K is rated worst. He had added that almost 11,000 schools of the state are running without basic facilities. On the issue of the schools burned down in 2016, he had stated that out of 49 cases registered, the police have presented challans in only five.