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J&K HC adjourns hearing in encounter case for 2 weeks

chandigarh Updated: May 17, 2012 20:08 IST
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Jammu and Kashmir high court on Thursday adjourned for two weeks the hearing of the alleged fake encounter case involving Army chief-designate General Bikram Singh.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi adjourned the hearing of the case as advocate general Mohammad Ishaq Qadri was not available to argue the case.

The judge directed that the case be listed after two weeks for hearing, subject to availability of the bench, when the state government and the Union of India will put forth their arguments.

The case took a new turn on Wednesday as the petitioner told the high court that the genuineness of the incident was not in doubt but questions on the identity of the assailant remained.

Zaffar Qureshi, the counsel for the petitioner, today reiterated his plea for carrying out a DNA test on the body of the man claimed to be Pakistani militant Mateen Chacha.

"We are not saying that the militant attack (on the motorcade of the then Brigadier Singh) did not take place. We are seeking reinvestigation of the incident to establish the identity of the person dubbed as a foreign militant and the assailant," Qureshi said.

Gen Singh is due to take over from Gen V K Singh on May 31.