Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed a retired judge of the State High Court Justice ML Koul to probe into the alleged fake encounters in the Valley and submit its report within three months of its appointment.
The judge will probe all the recent cases of the alleged fake encounters in the Valley and Doda district of Jammu region. Five such cases, four of them in the Valley and one in Doda district of Jammu region were uncovered in January-end.
The Commission shall perform all the functions necessary for holding the enquiry or incidental thereto and submit its report to the Government within a period of three months.
This announcement has come in pursuance of the commitment made by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in the State Legislative Assembly on February 1 , following an uproar over the alleged fake encounters in the House by all political groups.
Azad had taken initiative to get the missing reports of these people probed to their logical conclusion , had announced a judicial probe into the cases of the custodial killings.
Azad had said that the inquiry would be time bound. It would be assigned to bring out truth .
Eleven police officials, including a senior superintendent of police and deputy superintendent of police, are facing trial on the abduction and the murder charges in the case of Abdul Rehman Padder of Kokkernag, who was killed in a staged encounter in Ganderbal and shown as a Pakistani terrorist December last year.
Confirming that the judge has been appointed to inquire into such cases, Finance, Planning, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Tariq Hameed Karra said that the inquiry commission has been appointed in exercise of the powers under the Jammu and Kashmir Commission of Inquiry Act, 1962.
The terms for the inquiry commission would be to enquire into the causes, circumstances and conspiracy, if any, which led to the death of some persons in alleged custodial killings/fake encounters; fix responsibility of the persons involved for such killings, if any; and make suggestions and recommendations for preventing recurrence of such incidents in future.
The judicial commission demand was voiced by all the political groups in the State.