Govt does not respond to notice before Supreme Court: Victim family

KL Report

SRINAGAR

In the enforced disappearance case of Mohammad Ashraf Koka from his residence in Verinag, District Islamabad by the 10th Bn ITBP, which happened 13 years ago, the victim’s family alleges that government of Jammu and Kashmir continue to disregard the rule of law.

According to a Coalition of Civil Societies, following his disappearance, the father of the victim approached the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir. On 22 May 2014, the High Court set a time limit for the proposed identification parade of Inder Singh Negi [then Commandant, 10th Bn ITBP and presently Inspector General (IG), ITBP] and other named personnel of the ITBP. IG Inder Singh Negi contested this order, seeking to further delay and obfuscates the processes of justice despite ample evidence against him. Notice has been served by the Supreme Court to the SHO, Police Station Dooru, and the Government has failed to present itself, or file submissions on their position on the matter, on two separate hearings before the Registry, Supreme Court. “The Jammu and Kashmir Police have delayed investigations, and protected the perpetrators of the crime for 13 years, and continues to do so before the Supreme Court of India.”

As per the local news agency, KNS, the father of Mohammad Ashraf Koka filed his submissions Thursday before the Supreme Court Registry and has placed on record, once again, the role of IG Inder Singh Negi, ITBP and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir over the last 13 years, particularly how they have used delay and other means to prevent a meaningful investigation parade. A Supreme Court monitored investigation of the case has been sought. The matter is once again listed next week before the Supreme Court Registry.

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