Prove Avtar Singh’s death by Nov 11: Court to IGP
Jalil Andrabi Killing
D A RASHID
Srinagar, Oct 10: A local Court here Wednesday directed the Inspector General of police (Crime Branch) to get a copy of FIR vis-à-vis the death of Major Avtar Singh either directly from Selma Police station California or get a copy of the information from the Interpol.
Major Avtar Singh who reportedly killed himself along with his family members this year in California on June 9, was accused of kidnapping and killing prominent lawyer Jaleel Andrabi in 1996.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, Rajeev Gupta, directed the IGP Crime to present the document in the court on the next date of hearing on November 11, 2012.
The court asked the IG Crime to get the FIR copy directly from Selma Police station California or get a copy of the information from the Interpol which has been furnished with it by the Selma Police station. The Court on August 29 this year had declined to accept an e-mail from California as an evidence for the death of Major Avtar Singh and had directed the IG Crime to confirm to the court the death of the accused within 15 days.
The 47-year-old Singh had fled to the United States after he was accused of killing Andrabi, whose body was found floating in the River Jhelum in March 1996. Andrabi, 42, was allegedly detained by a unit of Rashtriya Rifles led by Major Singh and his body was found a day later.
A murder case was registered against Avtar Singh and others after the victim’s family pursued the matter in the High Court and alleged that the Government was covering up the murder. The case is, however, pending trial before the court of CJM Srinagar for over a decade. The Court had directed extradition of the accused Major from USA.
Advocate Mir Hafizullah represented the compliant in the court.
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Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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