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DB directives in PIL on burning of schools
9/13/2017 10:27:23 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Sept 13: In a Suo-Moto Public Interest Litigation for reconstruction and repairing of schools burnt down or damaged during last year's unrest in the Kashmir Valley, A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey issued directions.
Division Bench observed that Secretary to the Government, School Education Department, had forwarded the DPRs to the Commissioner/ Secretary to Government, Planning Dev-elopment and Monitori-ng Department, on 04.08.2017. Consequently, we directed the said Commissioner/ Secretary to expedite the process and clear the same within two weeks, i.e. by 24.08.2017.
We also expected that the entire process would be through within four weeks, but Unfortunately, the Planning Development and Monitoring Department gave its in-principle agreement it is beyond the time granted by this Court. Upon this Division Bench directed Commissioner/ Secretary to Government, Planning Deve-lopment and Monitor-ing Department, shall file an affidavit within one week, explaining as to why the time period of two weeks was not complied with.
Division Bench further observed that from the status report with regard to cases registered, concerning the burning down of schools, we find that out of 49 FIRs which have been registered, challans have been presented only in respect of 4. In other words, only 2% of the cases have completed investigations. These events have taken place almost a year ago and the progress of investigation in these cases is highly unsatisfactory.
Division Bench further observed that burning of schools is not only a crime with regard to property but is a crime against society and against the people of the Valley and this cannot be allowed to be left uninvestigated and not taken to the logical conclusion of catching the perpetrators and punishing them.
We find that the investigations are moving at a very slow pace and therefore the same be brought to the notice of the Director General of Police so that the investigations are expedited and taken to the logical conclusions. A fresh status report with regard to the same be furnished within four weeks.
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