Srinagar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is seeking transfer of the case pertaining to 1990 attack on Air Force personnel in Srinagar – in which JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and others are accused – to Jammu wing of the High Court.
The CBI counsel Tahir Majid Shamsi has filed a transfer appeal before Srinagar wing of J&K High Court contending that the main accused, Yaseen Malik, is an influential person in the state which is likely going to influence the proceedings of the matter.
“…hence in order to ensure effective adjudication of the matter it would meet the ends of justice if the matter is transferred to Jammu wing of High court,” the petition read.
The CBI had taken up the investigation of the case on the basis of a state government notification in 1990.
A charge sheet was filed by CBI on 31 August,1990 under section 120-B read with section 302 of RPC, section 3 and 4 of TADA and section 27 of Arms Act in the court of 3rd additional sessions judge (TADA case Jammu) against the accused persons. During the course of trial, a transfer application was filed by the accused which was rejected after which they approached the High Court at Srinagar to transfer the case. The High Court stayed the proceedings of the trial court. For now the court at Srinagar is hearing the transfer appeal.
The CBI has identified JKLF leaders Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi, Javed Ahmed Mir, Showkat Ahmed Bakshi, Javed Ahmed Zargar and Ali Muhammad Mir, as accused in the case.
According to an FIR registered in the Police Station Sadder, unidentified militants fired upon Air Force employees living as tenants in Rawalpora, in the morning of January 25, 1990 at Sanat Nagar crossing when they were waiting for their office vehicles . In the indiscriminate firing 40 employees including a woman were injured, and two died on the spot. The assailants escaped from the spot.