Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed transfer of ‘murder’ case of Mohammad Altaf Dar, a famous counter-insurgency officer from Session Judge Bandipora to the court of Principal Session Judge Srinagar.
The single bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta ordered that the pending case be transferred to Srinagar court ‘which may try it or transfer it to any other competent court’.
The petition seeking the transfer was filed by Showkat Ahmed Hakim, Mehraj-ud-din Shergujri, Mohammad Younis Khanday and Manzoor Ahmed Parray through their counsel, advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom.
Earlier, the petitioners were lodged in District Jail Baramulla, they were then shifted to District Jail Poonch and are presently lodged at Central Jail Srinagar. As a result, they are not produced before the Bandipora court which has led to the delaying of the case.
Further, out of 59 prosecution witnesses, only six have been examined so far.
The court remarked, “It would be more convenient for State to produce the accused at Srinagar court and also for accused to prosecute their case speedily because speedy and fair trial is fundamental right of accused persons.”
The petitioners were arrested in 2015 under FIR no. 23/2015 Police Station Arigam, Bandipora.
The petitioners are involved in the killing of a sub-inspector, Mohammad Altaf Dar who had played a key role in counter-insurgency operations.
In 2015, 37-year-old Mohammad Altaf Dar along with his officers, had left for Bandipora after getting information that the then Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Abu Qasim will be meeting a group of militants.
During the tussle, a bullet pierced the neck and the abdomen of Altaf which led to his death.