Asif Iqbal Naik
The ‘encounter specialist cop’, Shiv Krishan Sharma and his personal security guard, Head Constable Mohammad Ayoob were sent on judicial custody for 15 days by Munsif Judge Doda, Munish Gupta tuesday.
The order of handing over of arrested cops to judicial custody for 15 days comes in the back drop of refusal of police remand/judicial custody by successive courts including Chief Judical Magistrate Doda, Additional District Principal Judge Doda/Jammu and also by Principal District and Session Judge Bhaderwah, sighting the reasons that they have no jurisdiction under Prevention and Suppression of Sabotage Act to either sanction police remand or sent the accused cops to judicial custody.
The latest development comes after Additional Principal District and Session Judge Jammu reject the plea of Doda police demanded extension in police custody. The judge after hearing both the sides sanctioned one day transit remand of the accused cops so that he can be produced in the court of Principal District and Session Judge Bhaderwah, but Doda police today in a dramatic way produced the accused cops in Munsif Court Doda in late hours. And by setting aside the arguments of the defense counsel, remanded the accused to judicial custody. Both the accused will be transferred to District jail Kishtwar for safe custody.
While talking to Kashmir Life reporter, defense counsel, on behalf of the accused cop, said that Doda police is harassing his clients by shifting them from one court to other for passing the order in his own favour. He said, “Their continuous stand over the issue is that my clients are innocent and their detention is illegal under rule.” He said that his clients reserve the right to challenge the police action and illegal detention in higher court. He also said that Principal District and Session judge Bhaderwah will decide the bail matter tomorrow after proper scrutiny of the new amendment in law that allows the District Principal and session judges to decide the case pertaining to Prevention and Suppression of Sabotage Act.