GoI pays Rs 11 lakh compensation in disappearance case

Greater Kashmir / D A RASHID
Publish Date: Oct 12 2012 12:00PM

Srinagar, Oct 11: Following court directions to pay compensation to a woman whose son was subjected to custodial disappearance by armed forces in 1997, the Union of India Thursday deposited Rs 11 lakh in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Court of Justice Verinder Singh directed the Registrar Judicial of High Court to deposit the money in High Court branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank till the petitioner, Azizi, mother of Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, approaches him for the amount. The cheque for the amount was deposited in the High Court by the Union of India’s counsel Karnail Singh Wazir.
The court asked the Registrar Judicial that the amount should be paid to the petitioner after proper identification by her counsel, Mir Shafaqat Hussain. Court of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir had on August 23 this year granted five weeks time to Defence Secretary, Union of India, to deposit the money with the High Court Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in the name of the petitioner and in default the Union Defence Secretary had to appear in person before the court.
In a separate contempt petition seeking directions for action against the respondents for not complying with the court directions regarding the compensation, the court had earlier this year directed the respondents to deposit the money within four weeks in favour of the petitioner as compensation.
The Union of India had filed a Letters Patent Appeal (LPA) against the order of the High Court.
Mushtaq Ahmad Dar was allegedly taken into custody by the armed forces on April 13, 1997. He has not been seen since.
An inquiry conducted by the Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar under the directions of High Court had confirmed that Dar was picked up by the armed forces.
After the report was submitted before the High Court, the respondents were given opportunity to file objections.