The Jammu and Kashmir High court Saturday pulled up Special Investigation Team, probing the killing of 12th class student Tufail Matoo of Saidakadal here, for remaining consistently absent during the proceedings of the case.
According to CNS, the Court expressed utmost displeasure that the SIT has not mentioned about the recorded statements of two important witnesses in their closure report.
Tufail was killed while returning home from tuitions on June 11, 2010 after a police teargas shell hit him near Ghani Memorial Stadium in Srinagar.
A bench of justice Virender Singh while hearing the case pulled up the investigating agency for not taking the case seriously. The Court was aghast over the absence of the Investigating Officer and snubbed the police constable who had come along with the records in place of the Investigating Officer.
The Court directed the Counsel appearing on behalf of the State to make the presence of Investigating Officer sure on the next hearing fixed on July 2. The Court also admonished the present police officer for attending the court in civvies and not in police uniform.
The Counsel for the Tufail, Advocate Main Abdul Qayoom told CNS that in April 2012, nine witnesses had recorded their statements.
“Surprisingly the SIT has not mentioned the statements made by two important witnesses Rameez Ahmed Dar and Manzoor Ahmed in their closure report. Our plea is that the SIT should made it clear before the Court on what basis they have omitted the important statements of two witnesses in the case.