J&K HC dismisses petition against DGP Khoda



Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday dismissed a writ petition against Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda seeking registration of a case against the senior police official for his alleged role in a triple murder case in Bhaderwah.

Justice Virender Singh announced the order dismissing the petition filed by two widows -- Nazira Begum and Shaheena Begum, wives of victims Fazal Hussain Dar and Mohammad Hussain -- at the Jammu wing of the High Court, Advocate General Ishaq Qadri said.

Qadri had closed the arguments on behalf of the state last Friday after the petitioners' counsel had cited a crime branch report and called for a CBI investigation.

The case was heard and disposed by Justice Hasnain Masoodi while Justice Virender Singh announced the judgement.

According to the petition, four people -- Fazal Hussain Dar, Mohammad Hussian, Fareed Ahmad and Talib Hussain -- were allegedly picked up by men in a police vehicle on January 3, 1996.

While the bodies of three arrested persons were thrown into river Chenab in Jammu division's Bhaderwah district later, one of them Talib Hussain managed to escape from the clutches of men who abducted them and later shared the tale, the petition said.

A case was filed with the police after investigations directed by the chief judicial magistrate's court, Bhaderwah. The victims' families, however, not satisfied with the investigation approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). It directed the police's crime branch to investigate the case.

Khoda, a 1974-batch IPS officer, retires on May 31 after a tenure of four years and 10 months as Director General of Police. His name is believed to have been recommended by the state government for the post of state's first Chief Vigilance Commissioner.

PTI