NC worker case: Bedi commission asks for witnesses
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 16:33
Srinagar: Justice HS Bedi Commission, probing the death of a National Conference worker in police custody last year, has directed the counsel for Syed Mohammad Yusuf's family to furnish the list of witnesses he wants to cross-examine within one week.

The commission permitted Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, representing Yusuf's family, to furnish the list of witnesses whom he wishes to cross examine but maintained that cross-examination will be subject to the decision of the commission.

The commission adjourned the proceedings till April 27 after counsel for Chief Minister Omar Abdullah pleaded his inability to appear before April 21 due to prior engagements in Gujarat and Chandigarh.

The state government on November 18 last year, had appointed the retired Supreme Court judge as the head of the one-man commission to probe into the death of 61-year-old Yusuf.

Yusuf was handed over to IG Crime Branch by the Chief Minister on September 29 last year after he allegedly admitted to taking money from two NC workers for getting them favours from the government.

He died a day later and the medical tests so far have revealed that he died of cardiac arrest and that there were no external injuries on his body.

The commission was asked to complete its probe within six weeks but due to "unavoidable circumstances" including a petition relating to the matter pending before Supreme Court and adverse weather condition, the state government granted a three-month extension on January 7.

Subsequently, the commission has been granted another extension of two months.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani and CM's political advisor Devender Rana are likely to be in the list of witnesses to be submitted by Dar for cross examination.

They were present at the Chief Minister's camp office at his residence on September 29 last year when Yusuf was summoned to be confronted with the allegations of taking money from fellow party workers on the pretext of granting the favours.


First Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 16:33

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