Peoples Democratic Party senior leader and Member of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Baig Saturday expressed his surprise and disappointment on the alleged decision of the law department to file appeal in the High Court against an order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, directing the authorities to register an FIR against a police officer for alleged murder of a youth in Batamaloo here during the ongoing unrest.Baig in a statement to KNS said that according to the court and law, in any civilized society if any person commits a crime against any other person, the aggrieved can lodge a complaint before police authorities.“However, when the crime has been committed allegedly by a police officer, the aggrieved party has a right to file a complaint before a chief judicial magistrate,” the PDP leader said.“In the present case, the crime was allegedly committed by a police officer, the aggrieved family had not recourse but to file a complaint before the chief judicial magistrate who after prima facie after satisfying himself directed that an FIR be registered against the police officer,” he said.
Baig, who is a one of the reputed lawyer, said that registration of an FIR does not amount to any conviction or chargesheet but it is only an inquiry initiated to find the truth or otherwise of the complaint.“The reported decision of the law department to go to the High Court against this order passed by the CJM, Srinagar, within his jurisdiction will undermine the credibility of the government, including the chief minister, who has always claimed that wherever injustice is done to any citizen, she will ensure that proper inquiry will be held and the guilty will be punished,” he said.
The senior PDP leader appealed to the chief minister to intervene in this matter urgently in the inertest of justice and the credibility of her own position.A youth, Shabir Ahmad Mir, of Tengpora, Batamaloo, was allegedly killed by a DSP rank officer in the ongoing agitation and his father has filed an application before CJM Srinagar and said that his son was “killed in a cold blood”.The CJM had directed the SSP Srinagar to file an FIR against the police officer and probe the killing. T he CJM today also issued non-bailable warrant against the SSP for not filing FIR against the DSP. (KNS)