Jammu and Kashmir high court today adjourned the final hearing in the alleged Anantnag fake encounter case, involving designate Army chief lt general Bikram Singh till May 16.
A single judge bench of Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir adjourned the case for final disposal of the petition filed by a woman from border town of Machil in Kupwara.
In her petition, she alleged that her son Abdullah Bhat was killed in a fake encounter at Anantnag in March 2001 and later labelled as foreign militant Mateen Chacha by troops, headed by lt col Singh, who was then a brigadier commanding the 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in south Kashmir.
The petition has sought directions from the court for reinvestigation of the case in which five people, including two soldiers colonel JP Janu and rifleman Ganesh Kumar were killed and gen Singh and another officer were injured in the attack.
"A militant who opened fire and two civilians were also killed," an FIR filed in the local police station later said.
The defence ministry, the state government and SSP Anantnag, who were named as respondents in the case, have already filed their objections to the petition, seeking its dismissal.
The senior superintendent of police (SSP), in his objections, said the petition was not maintainable and people with vested interests, who had cases of subversion pending against them, were behind it.
The objections filed by the defence ministry and lt gen Singh said Army unit was returning to Anantnag after visiting various army units.
However, when the army convoy was stopped at Janglat Mandi in the town, a militant disguised as a beggar opened indiscriminate fire upon the armymen.
The defence ministry has termed the petition as an 'afterthought' as it was filed 10 years after the incident took place.