File counter within 2 weeks: High Court to Government
D A RASHID
Srinagar, May 11: The High Court Friday granted another two weeks’ time to the state government to file counter to the petition seeking directions to the government for conducting DNA test of the bodies lying in unmarked graves.
A bench of Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir after hearing brief arguments on the matter asked the state government to file counter within two weeks. In today’s proceeding, the state government was defended by Senior Additional Advocate General, A M Magray.
The High Court on March 9 while admitting the petition had asked the government to file objections to it within two weeks. The petition filed by Zahoor Ahmad Mir of Brein Nishat through his counsel Syed Babar Qadri, is seeking directions to the government for taking necessary steps for DNA profiling of all the bodies lying in unnamed graves so that the body of petitioner’s father can be identified and recovered.
Last year on October 12, the court had issued notice to the government to file reply within two weeks on the petition submitted by Mir.
On February 8, the High Court issued another notice to the government to file reply within two weeks to the petition.
Seeking direction also for a compensation of Rs 5 crore for the victim family, the counsel prays that late Ali Muhammad Mir, father of the petitioner was innocent and was allegedly killed by pro-government gunman Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari and his associates.
Mir was allegedly kidnapped by the accused on June 26, 1996 at around 10 am after he left his home to purchase medicines for his ailing father Rajab Mir.
He did not return home and the incident triggered massive protests in Nishat area and later in 2007 an FIR was lodged against the accused with police station Nishat.
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