Shopian Case: Four Police Officers Move Court For Bail

25 July 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: Four police officers of Jammu and Kashmir, arrested in connection with the sensational murder of two women in Shopian, on Saturday moved a sessions court for bail, following a Supreme Court directive. The court in Shopian asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case to present case diaries before it on July 27 and listed the bail applications of the four for argument for Wednesday (July 29). Advocate Aseem Mehotra filed the bail applications on behalf of former Shopian Superintendent of Police Javid Iqbal Mattoo and his deputy Rohit Baskotra while advocate Naseem Ahmad did the same for former station house officer of Shopian Inspector Shafeeq Ahmad and sub-inspector Gazi Abdul Karim in the sessions court. The Supreme Court had yesterday questioned the Jammu and Kashmir High Court's order to arrest the four police officers in the Shopian murder case and overturned some key directions of the court in this regard. Overturning the High Court order that the four officers should seek bail only from the High Court, the apex court allowed them to move the sessions court in Shopian which was directed to expeditiously consider their applications. The four police officers, suspended on June 22 for their alleged involvement in destroying evidence of the rape and murder of two women in Shopian on May 30, were arrested on July 15 following an order by the Jammu and Kashmir high court.