Quash charges against policemen in Shopian case: CBI tells J&K HC
CBI has again approached the Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking dismissal of criminal charges against four policemen, including then Shopian Superintendent of Police Javed Mattoo, arrested for alleged destruction of evidence in connection with death of two women.india Updated: Apr 22, 2010 18:57 IST
CBI has again approached the Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking dismissal of criminal charges against four policemen, including then Shopian Superintendent of Police Javed Mattoo, arrested for alleged destruction of evidence in connection with death of two women.
Submitting a fresh affidavit in the High Court recently, the CBI gave details about the lie-detector test conducted on the four police officials and said "no deception was found on their part in reply to any of the questions put to them."
Besides Mattoo, the three others who continue to be suspended since July last year are Deputy Superintendent of Police Rohit Basgotra, Station House Officer Shafiq Ahmed and Head Constable Gazi Abdul Kareem.
"Further, no criminality could be attributed to anyone of them and as such they have been sought to be discharged from this case," the CBI affidavit said.
CBI had approached the High Court in March this year seeking an end to the monitoring of the case by the High Court as the agency had already filed a chargesheet against 13 people including doctors and lawyers.
The case relates to death of two women - Neelofar (22) and Aasiya (17). Their bodies had been found in a stream at Shopian in May last year and the locals alleged that the duo had been murdered after being raped by security forces.
Life came to a standstill in the area for nearly 47 days due to protests and the case was handed over to CBI for a probe. The probe agency, in its chargesheet filed before a court in Srinagar, said that Aasiya was a virgin and the death of the two women was due to drowning in the stream where water level was too high on those days.
CBI has also contested a letter written by a so-called criminologist on the issue as malafide and gave a para-wise rebuttal of charges levelled against the forensic doctors who had conducted the post-mortem as well as DNA examination.
The CBI investigations claimed that doctors in the district hospital had not conducted the port-mortem properly and had in fact fabricated evidence.
First Published: Apr 22, 2010 18:44 IST