High Court pulls up SIT over slow probe

‘File Report Or Charge-Sheet By November 30’

TUFAIL MATOO CASE

D A RASHID

Srinagar, Nov 12: The Jammu and Kashmir High court Monday directed the Special Investigation Team, probing the killing of 12th class student Tufail Matoo of Saidakadal here, to complete the probe and file the report by November 30.
 Tufail was killed while returning home from tuitions on June 11, 2010 after a police teargas shell hit him near Gandhi Memorial College here. He died on the spot.
 A bench of justice Hasnain Massodi while hearing the case pulled up the investigating agency for not acting apace to conclude the probe.  
 Granting final opportunity to SIT to file the report, Justice Massodi directed the investigating agency to file the report or the charge-sheet in the competent court by November 30.
 “The report from Central Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur to ascertain the classification of anti-riot gun will serve no purpose; Conclude the probe by filing a report or charge-sheet in the competent court,” the High Court held.
 Justice Massodi observed that “If someone has killed a person by hurling a chair on him, what purpose will it serve to send the chair to its manufacturer to obtain his opinion whether the chair has been used in killing the person.”
 The SIT on September 28 this year submitted a report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory Chandigarh before the High Court indicating that “blank cartridge if fired from a weapon is capable of causing injuries and it can also be lethal if fired on vital parts of the body.”
  The Court had granted three weeks more to the investigating agency to complete the probe after the SIT submitted the latest status report stating that an opinion from the Central Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur to ascertain the classification of anti-riot gun was awaited.
  In its order the court had said that “reluctantly three weeks time is granted to the SIT to complete the investigation.”
 A bench of High Court on June 15 this year had submitted before the court the examination report of the hair samples and swabs taken from the body of Tufail Matoo from CFSL Chandigarh and the court had granted two-month time to the SIT to complete the investigation.
 On the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, the police had constituted Special Investigation Team in January 2010 to probe Tufail’s death.
 On September 26, 2011, the HC had directed the Director General of Police to constitute a SIT headed by a police officer not below the rank of SP to investigate the case after the family filed a petition seeking directions for the constitution of the SIT. 
 The petitioner was represented by Advocate Mian Tufail while the state was defended by government Advocate Shujaul Haq Tantray.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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