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Supreme Court refuses to hear ‘another’ plea for SIT probe into Kashmiri Hindu exodus

The Supreme Court today refused a plea for an SIT probe into the killings of Kashmiri Pandits and their exodus in Jammu and Kashmir. Several petitioners had together filed the petition, the immediate provocation for which was the murder of an advocate and BJP leader in the valley.

Ashutosh Taploo, the son of the late Tika Lal Taploo, was the first petitioner. Terrorists of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had killed Taploo Sr in 1989. The Kashmiri Hindu had been urging the Supreme Court to order a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into his killing for decades.

The bench of Justices BR Gavai and CT Ravikumar declined to entertain the petition, saying that the apex court would not entertain a "similar" matter. The bench said it could not discriminate between the petitions and told the petitioner’s counsel to explore alternative remedies. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition as withdrawn.

The lynching of Taploo in 1989 had triggered the exodus of Pandits, the Hindus of Kashmir, from the valley, which further led to a series of target killings of Kashmiri leaders and activists in Jammu and Kashmir, according to historical accounts.

The counsel for Hindus had cited the direction of the highest court of the country similar to the SIT investigation into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots after nearly three decades. The bench said the high court could grant such "relief".

On 2 September, the Supreme Court had declined to entertain a plea seeking an SIT probe into the targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir, which had led to their exodus from the valley. It told the that had filed the plea to raise its concerns with the union government.

The exodus of the Hindus of Kashmir from the valley was highlighted once again in recent months, due to the target killings of several Kashmiri Pandits in parts of Jammu and Kashmir this year. The community has been urging the government to provide Kashmiri Hindus with protection and fight for their rights.

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