Govt sits over SC order, family files reminder

Srinagar: 13 years after the enforced disappearance of Mohammad Ashraf Koka from his residence in Verinag, District Anantnag, by the 10th Bn ITBP, Government of Jammu and Kashmir continues to disregard the rule of law, on this occasion a notice to file a response before the Supreme Court of India.

According to a Coalition of Civil Societies, following his disappearance, the father of the victim approached the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir. On 22 May 2014, the High Court set a time limit for the proposed identification parade of Inder Singh Negi [then Commandant, 10th Bn ITBP and presently Inspector General (IG), ITBP] and other named personnel of the ITBP. IG Inder Singh Negi contested this order, seeking to further delay and obfuscate the processes of justice despite ample evidence against him. Notice has been served by the Supreme Court to the SHO, Police Station Dooru, and the Government has failed to present itself, or file submissions on their position on the matter, on two separate hearings before the Registry, Supreme Court. The Jammu and Kashmir Police has delayed investigations, and protected the perpetrators of the crime for 13 years, and continues to do so before the Supreme Court of India.

The father of Mohammad Ashraf Koka filed his submissions today before the Supreme Court Registry and has placed on record, once again, the role of IG Inder Singh Negi, ITBP and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir over the last 13 years, particularly how they have used delay and other means to prevent a meaningful investigation parade. A Supreme Court monitored investigation of the case has been sought. The matter is once again listed next week before the Supreme Court Registry. 

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