Police officials suspended in Shopian case may move HC

Last Updated: Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 17:31

Srinagar: Two police officials whose bail
plea was rejected by a Sessions Court in connection with the
murder and rape of two women in Shopian are likely to move the
Jammu and Kashmir High Court for relief.

Superintendent of Police (Shopian) Javed Iqbal Mattoo
and DSP Rohit Baskotra are likely to file their plea on Monday,
two days before the case is scheduled to come up before the
High Court which is monitoring the progress in the case,
family sources said.

The bail pleas of four police officials arrested in
connection with the Shopian incident was rejected by a
Sessions Court which said it was "undoubtedly premature" to
grant them bail as investigations were yet to be completed.

The four officials SP Mattoo, DSP Baskotra, former
Shopian SHO Shafeeq Ahmad and Sub-Inspector Gazi Abdul Karim
were suspended on June 22 for their alleged involvement in
destroying evidence relating to the rape and murder of 17
year-old Asiya and her sister-in-law Neelofar (22) on May 30.

Turning down the appeal of four policemen, Principal
Sessions Judge Tawqeer Ahmad said "...it would undoubtedly be
premature for the court to grant the bail at this stage when
the investigation has not been completed".

The order said the accused are police officials and so
"acquainted with the procedure as to how the investigation
of the case is to be taken by them and the failure on their
part to perform the important duty of detection of the heinous
crimes smacks itself of their guilty conduct".

While the state government`s counsel submitted in the
court that the policemen had been arrested on suspicion of not
performing their duties, the defence counsel Asim Mehrotra,
appearing on behalf of the police officials, had countered the
argument saying nothing adverse had been found against them.

"Apart from the other offences, the offence under
Section 201 RPC is also alleged to have been committed by the
petitioners," the judge said.

Earlier, overturning the Jammu and Kashmir High Court
order that the four should seek bail only from it, the Supreme
Court allowed them to move the Sessions Court in Shopian which
was directed to expeditiously consider their applications.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 17:31

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