Bedi Commission hears final arguments

More Arguments To Be Heard Today

HAJI YOUSUF CASE

DA RASHID

Srinagar, Nov 5: The Bedi Commission probing the death of National Conference worker Syed Muhammad Yousuf Monday heard the final arguments of counsels representing the Chief Minister, State and the Crime Branch.  
 Senior Counsel Gaurav Pachnanda and Advocate M A Chashoo representing the Chief Minister and other accused while submitting written arguments today, informed the Commission that “there was no evidence that the deceased, Syed Muhammad Yousuf, was subjected to any torture or violence.”
 “There is no direct, indirect or circumstantial evidence suggesting that there was any torture or violence inflicted on the deceased at the Chief Minister’s Camp office residence,” they argued. 
 The counsels in support of their contention referred to Supreme Court judgments and submitted the same to the Commission. 
 Following conclusion of the arguments, the Crime Branch Counsel Farooq Ahmad Kathwari advanced his arguments which however remained inconclusive and will resume again at 10 am on Tuesday. Senior Additional Advocate General A M Magray today advanced arguments on behalf of the state.
 Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, representing the family of the deceased, will argue after the counsels for the accused will conclude their arguments.
 The state government had on November 18 appointed the retired Supreme Court judge H S Bedi as the head of a one-man Commission to probe the death of 61-year-old Haji Yousuf in custody.
 Yousuf was handed over to IG, Crime Branch, by the Chief Minister on September 29 last year after he allegedly admitted that he had taken money from two National Conference workers for getting them berths in the Legislative Council and the state council of ministers.
 He died a day later. While Yusuf’s family alleged he was tortured to death, an autopsy showed that Haji Yousuf died of cardiac arrest.
 The Commission was asked to complete its probe within six weeks but due to 'unavoidable circumstances', including pendency of a petition relating to the matter before the Supreme Court and adverse weather conditions, the state government granted a three-month extension to the Commission on January 7.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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