SRINAGAR: A court in Srinagar on Thursday rejected the bail application of an accused Irfan Bhat who allegedly stabbed Sakina Khan, a school teacher, at Hyderpora in 2008.
Principal district and sessions judge, Rashid Ali Dar, while hearing the arguments from the defense counsel stated that the case is at its final stage and judgement is in the process of transcription. The court observed that the right of speedy trial was revisited by Supreme Court in Ranjan Dwivedi’s case where the trial stands completed and doesn’t favour bail.
Also the court observed that there is no material available on record on the basis of which accused can be found not involved in the crime of offences he has committed. The court also remarked that the grounds on which defense counsel has moved application in favour of accused are not sufficient enough for consideration of the application. The court therefore rejects the application.
Earlier the accused in 2014 had also moved an application for bail which also got rejected.
Sakina Khan, a teacher, was repeatedly stabbed by the accused at Hyderpora on 10th July, 2008 when she was on way to school at around 7:35 am.
The proceeding has concluded in this case, and is awaiting judgement for last one year.
“From nine years I am waiting for justice for my only daughter who was a teacher at private school.” Sakina’s father Abdul Qadir Khan said.
“On that fateful day, I had gone for a walk and while coming back, some of the neighbours said ‘your daughter has been attacked with a knife by a youth nearby at your house’. On reaching home, I saw blood spilled all over the ground and I realised that my daughter will not come back home again.”
“I will not get my daughter back but at least the punishment he will get act as deterrent against others.”
As the accused Irfan Bhat was caught red handed on spot and he also tried to kill himself with the knife, he is lodged at central Jail Srinagar from last nine years.