Srinagar: Chief Justice of Jammu and
Kashmir High Court on Saturday rejected the request of the state
government to spare the services of a sitting judge for
probing the death National Conference worker Syed Mohammad
Yousuf allegedly in police custody last month.
In a letter to the state government, Chief Justice FM
Ibrahim Kalifulla expressed inability to spare a sitting judge
as the number of judges was already inadequate and in view of
the Supreme Court rulings on the matter, Advocate General
Ishaq Qadri said.
Following the rejection of the request by the Chief
Justice, the state government has written a letter to Union
Law Minister Salman Khursheed to appoint three retired Supreme
Court judges to probe the incident, Qadri said.
The state government had asked the Chief Justice to spare
the services of a sitting judge to probe the circumstances
leading to the death of the NC worker allegedly in police
custody on September 30.
Qadri said the judges could be appointed under the
Commission of Inquiries Act.
The death of Yousuf had sparked a major political row as
another National Conference worker Abdul Salam Reshi had
alleged the deceased had taken Rs 34 lakh from him and Rs 84
lakh from another party worker Mohammad Yousuf Bhat for
getting them berths in the state legislative council.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had handed over Syed
Mohammad Yousuf to the Crime Branch on September 29 after the
latter had admitted to taking money from the other two party
As per the official version, Yousuf complained of
uneasiness and was admitted to police hospital where he
suffered a heart attack the next morning and died.
The post mortem report ruled out foul play and concluded
that Yousuf died due to cardio-respiratory failure.
However, the family of the deceased alleged he was
tortured in custody, leading to his death.
Talib Yousuf, son of the deceased, has filed an
application before a special Anti-Corruption court, demanding
a CBI probe into allegations of political corruption levelled