Doctor also beaten; IGP asked to ensure court staff not harmed, else face contempt proceedings
Srinagar: Police and Indian paramilitary forces on Saturday “beat to pulp” an employee of the high court here and hurled “abuses at the judges and the institution” following which the state’s highest court directed inspector general of police Kashmir range to ensure that such incident is not repeated in future.
The report regarding beating of the employee (Jamadar), Mohammad Ramzan, was forwarded to the court’s registrar general by Amjad Ahmad Lone, private secretary. He said when Ramzan was coming to the office he was stopped by police and CRPF personnel near Natipora Shrine, less then 3-kilometers from high court complex.
“In spite of disclosing his identity he was not allowed to proceed and beaten to pulp resulting in internal and external bodily injuries. (Mohammad Ramzan) also stated that CRPF personnel also abusive language against the Judges and the High Court and he somehow managed to save himself from the clutches of the personnel who did not show any respect to the identity card or to the institution,” he said.
Taking strong exception, the court initiated suo-moto action with its division bench comprising chief justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directing the advocate general Jahangir Iqbal Ganie 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 bench said.
The court also directed advocate Nazir Ahmad, who appeared vice SA Makroo, Assistant Solicitor General of India, to file a response on behalf of the CRPF. It also directed him to ensure that no such incident was repeated in future.
Meanwhile, a doctor posted with the high court wrote a letter to registrar judicial informing him that he was beaten by the CRPF near Old Secretariat on way to SHMS hospitals where was going to see the condition of Mohammad Ramzan.
“I along with my orderly were stopped near old secretariat and despite disclosing our identity and urgency of matter, they refused to allow and used baton on my thigh besides gave me several blows as result of which there was bleeding in (my) gums,” he said and urged registrar judicial to take necessary action in the matter. The letter has been forwarded to the chief justice and is likely to be heard by the division on August 29.
Meanwhile, the division bench also sought a response from government to letters addressed by the District & Sessions Judge Bandipora, to the Registrar General on August 19, stating that the damage was caused to the court building as also threat to his life and CJM Bandipora by a stone pelting mob.