Srinagar: The prosecution and jail authorities failed to produce the accused before the court in the DySP Ayup Pandith lynching case for the fifth time on Wednesday prompting the defense lawyer to suggest trial proceedings in the jail itself.
“If the prosecution and jail authorities are facing problems in getting the accused before the court, the defense has no objection if the trial is conducted in Central Jail and let the Court hold proceedings there or else let the accused be granted bail and the counsels for the accused shall ensure they are present in Court on each hearing” Defense Counsel Nazir Ronga said.
Earlier, Ronga also prayed the court to send directions to Director Prisons to get the under-trials in court.
Ronga told Kashmir Reader that the prosecution “deliberately failed” to produce the accused “with an aim and object of prolong the trial”.
“Strict action should be taken against the persons who have failed to comply with the orders of the Court which they are doing deliberately in order to protract the trial,” he said.
Advocate Musharraf Baba said the absence of under-trials was hampering the process of fair trial
“Although the witnesses were present in the court again on Wednesday but they were not examined” Baba said.
“All the directives of the Apex Court viz a viz conduct of cases pertaining to under-trials have been kept at bay by the actions of jail authorities and prosecution,” he added.
The court asked the prosecution to produce the accused on the next hearing on April 26.