A special anti-corruption court today rejected the plea of the family of deceased National Conference worker Syed Mohammad Yusuf for a CBI probe into the death.
Judge MY Akhoon turned down the petition on the grounds that only the high court and the Supreme Court had the powers to order a CBI probe.
The judgment has come a day after the Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government on a plea by the Panthers Party, which also sought a CBI probe into the case.
Yusuf (61) had died on September 30 after chief minister Omar Abdullah had summoned him and two other NC workers, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat and Abdul Salam Rishi, for questioning on a corruption case.
Rishi and Bhat had complained Yusuf took Rs 1.2 crore as gratification for getting them membership in the legislative council (for Rishi) and a ministerial post (for Bhat). Subsequently Abdullah handed over the three to the police. In the government version, Yusuf died in hospital of a heart attack.
The state government has ordered a judicial probe into his death.
But Yusuf’s son Syed Talib Hussain said his father was tortured, and approached the court on October 22.
Yusuf family counsel Mushtaq Ahmad Dar told HT they would be approaching the high court. “We are going to challenge the order by the special anti-corruption judge in the high court.” The death of Yusuf had created a flutter in the state, with the opposition People’s Democratic Party demanding that Abdullah step down.