SRINAGAR: The arrest of Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat alias Pir was made after Crime Branch received consent of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah following his meeting with the coalition partners in Jammu Friday evening.
The meeting gave green signal to the CB to arrest Mushtaq. The coalition partners didnt want any rift over his arrest, sources said, adding Police will organize a press conference on Monday during which the case details will be disclosed.
Sources also attribute Pirs arrest to the confiscation of his computer by the CB officials during Tuesdays raid at his Naseem Bagh residence.
Pir could have been arrested earlier, but the political considerations were a hurdle. It was only after the top political leaders of the coalition government reached a consensus that he was arrested today, a source said. These sources said that Pir has a very close proximity with States Congress leadership.
On September 17, the court had granted two weeks time to the Crime Branch for completing the preliminary investigations into the case.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a bench comprising of Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur was informed by Advocate General M I Qadri that there were certain strong suspicions about the wrongdoing in last years CET conducted by the BOPEE during the tenure of Mushtaq Pir.
Trying to dispel the impression that the Crime branch was sitting over the investigation, Qadri had said that investigators were very close to bare the wrongdoers.
We are very close in completing the investigation as only one or two leads are missing. Some suspects have gone into hiding, Qadri had said, praying the court for allow some more time to complete the inquiry.
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