Go to judiciary if not satisfied with CoI: Omar

Omar Abdullah on Saturday said if the Opposition is not satisfied with custodial death of NC worker Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah, it should take up the matter with the judiciary.

Updated: Nov 19, 2011, 16:10 PM IST

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah on Saturday said if the Opposition is not satisfied with
the appointment of the one-man Commission to probe the
custodial death of NC worker Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah, it
should take up the matter with the judiciary.

"If the Opposition has doubt on the credibility of a
retired Supreme Court Justice who has nothing to do with the
state, then there is nothing I can say. They should take up
the matter with the judiciary," he told reporters here.

The state government had yesterday appointed the
Commission under retired judge H S Bedi (65), whose name was
proposed by the Union Law Ministry.

The Opposition said the constitution of the Commission of
Inquiry will not help to uncover the truth.

"We did not want to appoint a Judge, even if he is very
objective, from within the state as the Opposition would have
cast aspersions on him...We approached the Law Ministry to
recommend a penal of retire Judges...if the Opposition is
still not satisfied, I can do nothing about it," he said.

The Commission, which has been asked to complete its
probe in six weeks, will investigate the entire circumstances
leading to the death of 61-year-old Yusuf during his custody
with Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir police on September 29.

A simultaneous probe into the alleged criminal activity
of the deceased will continue with the crime branch.

His death snowballed into a political controversy after
he was summoned by Omar to ascertain whether he was taking
money from people on the pretext of getting them ministerial
berths.

Yusuf was arrested along with two others, Salam Reshi and
Mohammed Yusuf Bhat, on September 28 from the Chief Minister`s
residence for allegedly duping people of money promising them
government jobs, MLC seats and ministerial berths, citing his
proximity with top NC leadership.

Yusuf died the following day and as per postmortem
reports he had suffered a massive cardio-respiratory failure.

Two people including Bhat and a mimicry artist Aizaz Bhat
have already recorded their confessional statements before a
magistrate against Yusuf.

PTI