Shopian Case: SC Stays Narco Test Of Police Officers

20 July 2009
The Hindu

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed narco-analysis test of the police officers arrested in connection with the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir and decided to hear their bail plea on Friday. The apex court decided to hear the bail applications of the police officers as they did not accept the suggestion to seek relief from a sessions court in the state on the ground that the situation was not conducive for them in view of the Jammu and High Court order which has passed order without hearing them. 'I want you to consider the bail,' senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted before a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam which agreed to stay the narco-analysis test of the police officers. The police officers, including Superintendent of Police Javed Iqbal Mattoo and Deputy SP Rohit Baskotra, has sought stay of the High Court order following which they along with two others SHO Shafiq Ahmed and Sub-inspector Gazi Abdul Rehman were arrested. The Bench said that for considering the bail plea it has to seek the reply of the state government and posted the matter for hearing on July 24.