Srinagar: The J&K high court on Monday ordered a CRPF commandant to appear before it on Tuesday in connection with the beating of a court employee by the paramilitary personnel when he was heading to office on August 19.
The direction by a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey followed submissions by the Assistant Solicitor General of India SA Makroo that IG CRPF was awaiting enquiry report into the incident from commandant of the 117 battalion.
“You can see him (the employee). His arm is fractured. This is not such big incident that you needed so much time for the inquiry and now you are not filling the inquiry report either,” the court observed after Makroo submitted that the commandant was yet to file the report which was to be submitted by August 24. Subsequently, the court ordered the personal appearance of the commandant before it on Tuesday.
In the meanwhile court’s registrar judicial recorded the statement of the employee (Jamadar), Mohammad Ramzan, with regard to the incident.
In his complaint, Ramzan had stated that in spite of disclosing his identity, he was not allowed to proceed and beaten to pulp near Natipora Shrine, less than three-kilometers from the high court complex. He said CRPF personnel used unparliamentary and abusive language against the Judges and the state’s highest judiciary and he somehow managed to save himself.
Taking strong exception to it, the court on August 19 initiated suo-moto action and directed the advocate general Jahangir Iqbal Ganie and ASGI on behalf of CRPF to respond by August 29.
“IGP Kashmir is directed to take sufficient steps to do the needful to avoid such kind of incidents in future. It is made clear that if any Judicial Officer or employee is prevented from attending the court duties, the officer will be proceeded against for contempt of court,” the court had said with a further direction to the police and CRPF to ensure that no such incident was repeated in future.
A doctor posted with the high court was also beaten by the CRPF near Old Secretariat on way to a hospital to see Ramzan.
Meanwhile, the court also directed the advocate general to file fresh compliance report regarding upgrading of security cover to court complex Bandipora as well as judicial officers in the north Kashmir district.