The Supreme Court on Friday said that the exhumation and post-mortem examination of the body of Shabir Ahmed Mir would be conducted under the supervision of the Srinagar’s Principal District and Sessions Judge.
Mir, 26, was allegedly shot dead by Deputy Superintendent of Police Yasir Qadri during a police raid on his residence in the wake of the ongoing protests in Kashmir over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
The bench set Sept 5 for next hearing in the matter, saying the Principal District and Sessions Judge of Srinagar would decide on who would be present at the time of exhumation and post-mortem of the body.
The bench also sought report on the compliance of its orders as it went through the report by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
The bench said this as senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for the deceased’s father Abdul Rehman Mir, urged the court that Deputy Superintendent of Police, who has allegedly killed the 26-year-old youth, should not be present.
Agreeing with Sibal that effort should be to get at the truth, the Attorney General said, “We should get at the bottom of the truth. I agree it should be free and impartial.”
As the Attorney General said that he was ready for any condition that the court may impose, Sibal said that “transparency and confidence will send the right message”.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has moved the apex court challenging the state high court’s order directing initiation of contempt proceedings against the state Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for their failure to lodge fresh FIR against the Deputy Superintendent of Police as ordered by the Srinagar Judicial Magistrate.
The apex court had on August 9 put on hold the contempt proceedings against the IGP and SSP.