Jammu and Kashmir high court on Wednesday granted one more week's time to the state government to file objections on a plea alleging that a March 2001 encounter in which army chief designate Lt General Bikram Singh was injured was fake.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi granted the plea of the state government counsel for one week extension to file objections on a petition filed by a woman who claimed that her son was killed in the alleged fake encounter. The state government was supposed to file its response on Wednesday.
The judge directed that the matter be listed for hearing next week.
Police and defence ministry have already submitted their objections to the petition filed by Zaituna who has alleged that her son Abdullah Bhat, a resident of Macchil in Kupwara district, was killed in a fake encounter at Anantnag town in March 2001 and later branded as a Pakistani militant 'Mateen Chacha'.
The defence ministry had told the high court that the encounter, in which Singh was injured, was not fake and allegations leveled in this regard are just an afterthought.
"...The allegations of fake encounter after 10 years of the incident are a mere afterthought, misleading, mischievous and motivated. The petitioners are leveling false allegations without any basis," the ministry said.
According to the objections filed by the ministry, Lt Gen Singh, who was then a brigadier commanding the 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles in south Kashmir, was returning to Anantnag after visiting various units.
When the army convoy stopped at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag, a militant disguised as a beggar opened indiscriminate firing on the armymen.
While Colonel JP Janu and Rifleman Ganesh Kumar were killed, Gen Singh and another officer were injured in the attack. The assailant and two civilians were also killed in the incident.