DSP LYNCHING CASE: Superintendent Central Jail directed to appear before the court in person


A trial court here on Friday directed superintendent of Srinagar central jail to appear in person before the court and produce all under trials accused in the 2017 lynching case of DSP Muhammad Ayub Pandit before it on Saturday.
DSP Muhammad Ayub Pandit was lynched in downtown Srinagar on 22 June 2017.The court issued orders after hearing defence counsel advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar as he pleaded for implementation of court orders issued on 26 April 2018 wherein the court had directed authorities to not shift the under-trials from Srinagar jail to any other place.
However, as defence counsel had informed the court about shifting of some of the accused in the case to other jails from Srinagar, the fourth additional district and sessions court issued the orders of status quo ante (keep the way things were before) and directed the authorities to bring back the accused who have been shifted to other jails.
During Friday’s hearing, the accused were not produced before the court to which defence counsel advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar submitted before the court that in absence of accused no substantial proceedings could be conducted in the trial.
While referring to various provisions of law and Supreme Court rulings, he pleaded that by not producing his clients (accused) before the court, justice is delayed. “The case was taken up for hearing and my clients (accused) were not brought despite the court order dated 26 April 2018. The attention of the court was drawn to the order supra and the court was left with no option but to order the personal appearance of superintendent of Srinagar central jail and also produce all the accused in the case by Saturday (12 May 2018),” said advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar.

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