Bar condoles demise of Andrabi, Showkat Jan

The High Court Bar Association on Monday  expressed its grief over the sad demise of Advocate Syed Yasin Andrabi, who passed away on June 9 at his Hyderpora residence, after a brief illness.

Late Syed Yasin Andrabi, after his retirement as Commissioner, Agrarian Reforms, had got himself enrolled as an Advocate. Besides becoming a member of Bar Association, he practiced law in revenue and other courts, for a considerable period of time, till his health gave in and he retired from active practice some years before.

“Late Syed Yasin Andrabi shall always be remembered for his role in exposing  Kunanposhpora rapes in February, 1991, when in the teeth of stiff opposition from all concerned quarters, he in his capacity as Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, conducted a spot visit, during the course of which he recorded the statements of villagers, including some ladies,” Bar statement said. “And after seeking their (victims’) torn clothes, submitted a report to the higher authorities saying that ‘I am satisfied that a prima-facie case of molestation and manhandling as well as rape is made out’”.

Late Andrabi, Bar said, was a noble soul and was always ready to extend his helping hand to everyone politely, a quality for which he was admired by one and all. 

The Bar Association also expressed its sorrow over the demise of Showkat Ahmad Jan, a noted social activist, who died on  June 9 at Magarmal Bagh, Srinagar. Late Showkat Jan, after completing his LLB Course from Aligarh Muslim University, also practiced law in different courts at Srinagar. He was also a member of Bar Association for some time and even after joining his family business, he used to come to meet his friends in the Bar Association, quite often.

The Bar Association, while condoling the demise of  Andrabi and  Jan, prayed “to Almighty Allah to rest their soul in peace and give courage to their families to bear the irreparable loss”.