Senior leader of Peoples Democratic Party and Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Baig Saturday expressed his surprise and disappointment on what he said the decision of the Law department to file appeal in the High Court against an order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, directing the authorities to register an FIR against a police officer for alleged murder of a youth Shabir Ahmad Mir of Tengpora Batamaloo here.
In a statement to local news agency KNS, Baig said "according to the court and law, in any civilized society if any person commits a crime against any other person, the aggrieved can lodge a complaint before police authorities."
"However, when the crime has been committed allegedly by a police officer, the aggrieved party has a right to file a complaint before a Chief Judicial Magistrate," the PDP leader said.
"In the present case, the crime was allegedly committed by a police officer. The aggrieved family had no recourse but to file a complaint before the Chief Judicial Magistrate who after prima facie after satisfying himself directed that an FIR be registered against the police officer," he said.
Baig, who is a one of the noted lawyers, said that registration of an FIR does not amount to any conviction or chargesheet. "But it is only an inquiry initiated to find the truth or otherwise of the complaint," he said.
"The reported decision of the Law department to go to the High Court against this order passed by the CJM, Srinagar, within his jurisdiction will undermine the credibility of the government, including the Chief Minister, who has always claimed that wherever injustice is done to any citizen, she will ensure that proper inquiry will be held and the guilty will be punished," he said.
The senior PDP leader appealed to the Chief Minister to intervene in this matter urgently "in the interest of justice and the credibility of her own position." (KNS)