SC adjourned Yousuf Haji’s custodial death case for two weeks Bhim Singh urges for CBI probe

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate & Executive Chairman of J&K State Legal Aid Committee today strongly pleaded for the investigation into custodial death of Yousuf Haji who died in police custody, Rajbagh Srinagar on the night intervening 29/30th September, 2011. Prof.Bhim Singh argued for the registration of FIR and investigation by any independent agency, may it be, CBI so that the real culprits are brought to justice.

Prof.Bhim Singh made this submission before a Division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising JJ Mr. Madan B. Lokur and Mr. S.A Bobde hearing writ petitions filed by Panthers Party MLA, Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia and Shri Talib Hussain, son of Late Mohd. Yousuf Haji.

Shri Ranjit Kumar, Sr. Advocate & Solicitor-General of India requested the court for the adjournment of the matter for two weeks. The court inquired from Prof.Bhim Singh about the bonafides of his petition seeking CBI probe after four years of the death of Mohd. Yousuf Haji.

Prof.Bhim Singh pleading strongly inform the court that, “It is a most extraordinary case in the history of crimes when the deceased was called by the Chief Minister on 29th September, 2011 to his official residence, taken to isolation and assaulted inside. He said this is evident from CCTV (video recording) that the deceased when brought out of the Chief Minister’s room was bleeding and in a shabby condition. He said that the deceased was ordered to be arrested and detained by the waiting IG, Police. The deceased was taken into Rajbagh Police Station. In the morning he was declared dead only when his family members gathered around the police station and demanded release of Mohd. Yousuf Haji on 30th September, 2011. Prof.Bhim Singh informed the court that the complaints against Yousuf Haji for having cheated the complainants of Rs.84 lacs were not registered even. He said an FIR no.17/2011 was registered against the deceased only after his custodial death. He said that it was horrifying that no FIR on the custodial death of the deceased was ever registered till date. He informed the court that it was the media, civil society and the members of the family of the deceased who raised voice against the custodial death and demanded registration of FIR.”

Prof.Bhim Singh also informed the court that Yousuf Haji was declared death the next day and his body was kept in police hospital (a non-existent hospital). He said that the family members of the deceased, including his son, wife or daughter were never informed about his arrest, illness in custody or death. This was even agreed by the Bedi Commission which was set up by the State government as an eyewash. He strongly argued that the case deserves appropriate investigation into the custodial death to identify the real culprits in the interest of justice and rule of law which have been casualty in J&K for the last six decades. The court adjourned the case accordingly for hearing on merit.

            Prof.Bhim Singh was assisted by Mr. D.K. Garg, Mr. B.S. Billowria, Mrs. Ritu Puri, Mr. S.K. Bandopadhyay, Advocates.