Govt submits Koul Comm report to HC

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 1: In tune with directions passed by Division Bench on May 9,  Government today submitted the recommendations made by one man enquiry of Commission with regard to killings of 2010 unrest in a sealed cover.
The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura after perusal of the said recommendations directed for sealing the same and put on record.
Court during the proceedings of the case asked the State counsel as to why the court had directed for providing the recommendations in sealed cover to which the State counsel submitted that it was on his request and keeping in view of sensitivity of the matter, the recommendations were directed to be produced in a sealed cover.
State Counsel further submitted that the reliefs as sought in the PIL have been achieved by the Government as compensation to next of kin of those who got killed in 2010 unrest have been paid but the counsel refuted these submissions made by the State counsel and said apart from compensation other relief are sought in the PIL and the compensation also be paid as per the recommendations of Justice Koul (EOC) to the kin of deceased.
Court had directed the Government to place the recommendations which have been made by the one man enquiry Commission with regard to killings of 2010 unrest in a sealed cover in view of the sensitivity and security concern as submitted by the State Counsel, before the next date of hearing.
Hearing Public Interest apart from seeking other directions, the petitioner prayed that the recommendation which have been made by Justice Koul as one man Commission be made public. State Counsel B A Dar (AAG) has already submitted before the court that it (report) cannot be made public in national interests and for the security of the State.
Advocate Dar further added that after the recommendations made by EOC have been implemented with opting Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) and ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs from Union Government and Rs 1 lakh from State Government have been paid to the families of those who got killed during the unrest.
It may be mentioned here that court has already in 2015 closed the PIL filed by an advocate with the direction to Government to pay compensation to the families of those who got killed in 2010 unrest. Advocate Dar informed the court that Government has paid compensation to 107 victim families.
The Public Interest has been filed by NGO (Peoples Forum) through its Secretary M M Shuja seeking a direction on State Government to make the report of “Koul Commission” and its follow up action in public.
It is submitted in the petition that during the unrest of 2010 in Kashmir valley about 120 killings of youth were reported which engaged public resentment in consequence were of the then coalition Government (NC-Congress) constituted a commission of enquiry under the J & K Commission of Enquiry Act comprising retired Justice M.L Koul.
Petitioner sought direction from the court to command the respondent State to make public the report submitted by the “Koul Commission” as also submit the action taken report with respect to findings of the Commission.