Verdict on fake encounter on May 16

Verdict on fake encounter on May 16

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday fixed May 16 as the date of final hearing in the alleged fake encounter case involving th   Army Chief designate, Lt General Bikram Singh.

The court of Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir adjourned the case for final disposal after hearing the arguments from the counsels of both petitioner and the accused.

Counsel for Union of India J S Johal pleaded before the court that the PIL against Lt General Singh has been dismissed by the Supreme Court “and the case has lost its relevance.”

The Supreme Court had on April 23, 2012, dismissed the PIL filed against the appointment of Lt Singh as the next Army chief. The PIL was filed by a group of retired officers and bureaucrats headed by Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, who retired as the Navy Chief.

Dismissing the PIL, the apex court had said it saw no reason to intervene in the matter. However, advocate Zaffar Quershi who appeared on behalf of the victim pleaded before the High Court that Lt Gen Singh wasn’t party in the case.

Zaituna Begum, a woman from Macchil area of frontier district of Kupwara district had last year filed a writ petition before the High Court, alleging that her son Abdullah Bhat was killed in a fake encounter in South Kashmir’s Anantnag town in March 2001 and later branded as a Pakistani militant ‘Mateen Chacha.’

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