Undertrial LeT militant -- an IAS aspirant

A local court has directed the Superintendent of the Srinagar Central Jail to facilitate Shabir Ahmad Bukhari, an undertrial, in submitting his form for the examination.

"You are hereby directed to facilitate Shabir Ahmad Bukhari to submit his form for the IAS in accordance with the jail manual," First Additional District Judge (Srinagar) Sanjeev Gupta said in his order last week.

Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Bukhari, a resident of Kreeri village in Kashmir's Baramulla district and a law graduate, had appeared twice for the Kashmir Administrative Service examinations.

In his first appearance, he passed the preliminary and the main examinations but failed to clear the interview, Bukhari's counsel Mir Urfi said.

In his second attempt, Bukhari cleared the preliminary exams but could not sit in the main as he reached the centre late due to non-availability of an escort party.

Police had filed six cases against Bukhari who was arrested in 2006. "He was aquited in one case, got bailed out in two and is facing trial in three other cases," Urfi said.
The cases against him include hatching a conspiracy to kill the then Minister of State for Education Ghulam Nabi Lone who was shot dead at his official residence in Tulsi Bagh area of Srinagar on October 18, 2005.

Bukhari is also facing trial on charges of planning a suicide attack in Srinagar during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the Valley in 2004. He was also charged for planning a attack on the cavalcade of then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Urfi said.

A senior jail official, on condition of anonymity, said Bukhari would be provided books for preparing for the examination. "He is also having access to the newspapers," he said.

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