Crime Branch confirms Major Avtar’s death

Court Closes Jaleel Andrabi Case

D A RASHID

Srinagar, Dec 31:  A court here on Monday closed the case against Major Avtar Singh, accused of killing noted lawyer and human rights activist Jaleel Andrabi, after the Crime Branch submitted death certificate of the accused.
 The Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Rajeev Gupta dropped the proceedings against Major Avtar Singh after the Crime Branch confirmed the death of the accused to the Court by submitting the certificate from NCB Washington.  “I am convinced that accused Major Avtar Singh has died on June 9, 2012,” the CJM held. 
 The court said: “The Certificate records the date of death as June 9, 2012 and the facts recorded in it are also confirming identity of the accused as recorded in the charge-sheet.”
 Assistant Director Central Bureau of Investigation National Central Bureau—India Interpol New Delhi— had sent a communication to the IGP Crime Branch Jammu and Kashmir stating he has received a copy of death certificate from NCB Washington.
 The copy of death certificate was submitted by senior prosecuting officer of CB in the court. 
 Major Avtar Singh killed himself along with his family members this year in California on June 9. He was accused of kidnapping and killing prominent lawyer Jaleel Andrabi in 1996.
 The 47-year-old Singh had fled to the United States after he was accused of killing Andrabi, whose body was found floating in river Jhelum in March 1996. Andrabi, in his late thirtees, 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 was 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 complainant in the court.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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