HC pulls up SSP for violation of court order, directs DGP to transfer SHO

Miffed over the defiance of its directions to produce a man and a woman from Bandipora before it, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed Senior Superintendent of Police to explain as to why the directions of the court were violated. The court also issued a contempt notice to Station House Officer (SHO) Bandipora.

Hearing a Habeas Corpus petition, the bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey held that the order it issued on 24 April directing SHO Bandipora to produce one Ghulam Rubani Neelu of Bandipora and a woman he had allegedly abducted,  before  the court on May 14 has been violated.      

 The order, the court said, was violated despite the fact that its copy was provided to the counsel representing the respondents and notice for appearance of the SHO was served on the SSP Bandipora on 22 April this year. 

For adopting a “casual approach” in implementing the order, the court directed the SSP to submit an explanation on affidavit as to what steps he has taken to implement the order. 

Observing that by not complying with its directions, the court said, the SHO has prima facie committed contempt. The court asked the SHO to show cause as to why he shall not be punished for contempt of the court.

Meanwhile, the court directed the SSP to ensure that the SHO Bandipora, the accused  and the woman, he had allegedly abducted, are produced before it on 21 May, 2019.   

The court also directed Director General, of Police, to ensure shifting of the SHO Police Station Bandipora and report compliance on the next date of the hearing. 

The court also directed its registry to convey the order to Director General of Police, SSP Bandipora and senior Additional Advocate General B A Dar for compliance under the seal and signature of the Bench Secretary.

It’s in place to mention here that one Duraiman Khan has approached the court through his counsel Sheikh Manzoor seeking directions for producing his wife and her alleged abductor Rubani before the court.