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HC says can’t spare judge for probe

A month after J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced an inquiry into the custodial death of National Conference worker Syed Mohammad Yousuf by a sitting judge of J-K High Court

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar |
October 30, 2011 3:57:25 am

A month after J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced an inquiry into the custodial death of National Conference worker Syed Mohammad Yousuf by a sitting judge of J-K High Court,the court on Saturday turned down the request for a probe by a sitting judge.

An embarrassed Chief Minister has now asked the Union Law Minister to “suggest the name of a retired judge of Supreme Court” for appointment as a Commission of Inquiry.

“Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked the Union Law Minister to suggest the name of a retired Judge of the Supreme Court for appointment as a Commission of Inquiry under the Jammu and Kashmir Commission of Inquiries Act,1962 to conduct judicial inquiry in the matter of death of Sayeed Mohammad Yousuf,” said an official spokesman for the state government. “The CM wrote a letter to Union Law Minister after the J-K High Court today conveyed its inability to spare the services of any sitting HC Judge for conduct of the said inquiry.”

The spokesman said the CM has sought an early response from the Union Law ministers keeping in view the “urgency” and “sensitivities” involved.

Soon after Yousuf’s death on September 29,the J-K government announced a judicial commission of inquiry.

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