SRINAGAR: A contempt petition was filed Monday against Superintendent Central Jail Srinagar for shifting the accused in the DSP Ayub Pandit lynching case to Pulwama.
The petition filed by the defense counsel pointed out that the trial court has directed the state authorities including the superintendent central jail Srinagar to maintain status quo with respect of lodgement of the accused who are detained as under trials.
The petition said that the under-trials have been shifted beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the trial court without seeking permission from the court “which is a sheer violation of the court orders demands punishment for the contemnor in terms of law”.
The counsel for accused sought initiation of contempt proceedings against the Superintendent Central Jail Srinagar, besides shifting of the under-trials back to Central Jail Srinagar, from Pulwama.
The petition also noted that the state authorities have failed to produce the accused before the court several times despite repeated directions from the court. “Parents, kiths and kins of the accused are desperately waiting to meet their kids but they are left high and dry for very long,” Defense Counsel Nazir Ronga told Kashmir Reader that moving the under-trials in the case “amounts to eroding the cause of justice and impediment in the way of dispensation of justice.”
“The prosecution deliberately failed to produce the accused with an aim and object of prolong the trial,” he said.
“The shifting the accused beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the trial Court without seeking permission from the court which is a sheer violation of the court orders and hampers the process of fair trial,” Advocate Shabir Ahmad said.