J&K HC defers hearing on appeal seeking CBI probe

The case relates the killing of three persons allegedly in a fake encounter in January 1996.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday
deferred by ten days the hearing on a petition seeking Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into an alleged fake
encounter killing of three persons in Bhaderwah area of the
state in 1996.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi deferred the case till October 10
after Advocate General Mohammad Ishaq Qadri, who had been
directed at an earlier hearing on September 23 to assist the
court, was not present.

The case relates the killing of three persons allegedly
in a fake encounter in January 1996.

Additional Advocate General Ali Mohammad Magray told the
court that Qadri was out of station as he had not received the
earlier court directions about his presence at today’s

Senior Supreme court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing
on behalf of the petitioners, pleaded the court direct the
state to bring along all the records, including a report of
the Crime Branch on the matter, on the next date of hearing.

Fazal Hussain, his son Fareed Hussain, Muhammad Hussain
Lone and Talib Hussain were allegedly kidnapped from their
homes in Bhaderwah by one Mohammad Ashraf who was working
with police as an SPO.

While three persons were killed allegedly Ashraf and
his gunmen, Talib Hussain had managed to escape from their
clutches and reported the matter to police.

Nazira Begum, widow of Fazal Hussain and Shaheena Begum,
widow of Mohammad Hussain Lone, have filed a petition before
the High Court seeking directions to get the case investigated
by CBI.

They are relying on a crime branch report which had
reportedly indicted Ashraf for the killings and even pointed
towards involvement of a senior officer in the case.


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