The state government-appointed Commission of Inquiry (COI) headed by justice HS Bedi, a former Supreme Court judge, on Tuesday worked out modalities to investigate the high-profile death of ruling National Conference leader Haji Muhammad Yousuf.
A senior police officer and a magistrate Nayeem Ahmad will assist Bedi in the investigations of the death of Bhat, who died just a night after meeting chief minister Omar Abdullah at his residential office on Gupkar Road on September 29. Bhat is a resident of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
“The commission will enquire into the causes and circumstances leading to the death Yousuf and fix the responsibility for the lapses, if any committed by any person in discharge of his duties under law,” said a senior officer in the law department.
Both the law and the state home departments were asked by the government to cooperate with justice Bedi. Though Bedi was supposed to start work from Srinagar civil secretariat on Tuesday, the estates department was busy whole day to work out on the room and facilities to be provided to the retired justice, who arrived in Srinagar on Monday.
Bedi was appointed as the commission head on November 18 after the Jammu and Kashmir High court on October 29 rejected the request by the state government to appoint a sitting judge to probe the deathh
Sources said the commission has decided to work on the timeline of events to begin with. The commission is likely to scan the CCTV footage, mobile details and statements of police officials who picked up Yousuf that day.
It could not be verified if the chief minister and the state home minister Nasir Aslam Wani have been slated for deposition before the commission in the coming week.
The post-mortem examination and forensic reports had identified cardiac arrest as the cause of Yousuf’s death. However, Yousuf’s son did not buy the police version and continue to demand a CBI probe in the death.
Yousuf allegedly died in police custody after two fellow party workers had accused him of taking Rs 1.18 crore from them for getting them berths in the Legislative Council.
The Commission has been asked to submit its report to the government within a period of six weeks.