STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur of State High Court on Tuesday sought newspaper reports and compact disc (CD) while considering writ petition seeking registration of FIR under Section 124-A RPC (Sedition) against Dr. Farooq Abdullah former Chief Minister and Patron National Conference (NC) for his pro-freedom speeches made on the occasion of 111th Birth Anniversary of late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at Naseem Bagh (Hazratbal), Srinagar and subsequently on February 24, 2017 at Nawa-e-Subh, Headquarter of NC on the occasion of second Death Anniversary of former General Secretary of NC Sheikh Nazir Ahmed. In the open court, Justice Thakur directed Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed, counsel appearing for the petitioner Sukesh C. Khajuria to produce the relevant material viz. newspaper clippings and CD on the next date of hearing for its further handing over to Additional Advocate General (AAG) Aseem Sawhney for completion of the preliminary inquiry in the aforesaid complaint. Advocate Ahmed submitted that despite grant of several opportunities by the Court, the SSP Srinagar and SHO Nageen have not filed the status report indicating the progress of the preliminary inquiry in the case. “There is a deliberate/ intentional delay in the matter as the notices were issued on September 1, 2017 to aforesaid police officers for filing their response but there is slackness on their part with the result the inquiry is yet to be finalized”, he submitted adding that petitioner S.C Khajuria on September 5, 2017 appeared before SHO Police Station, Nageen (Srinagar) and got his statement recorded before him and thereafter there is complete silence in the matter and no further steps have been taken.
Advocate Ahmed submitted that the original complaint had been lodged by the petitioner to the District Magistrate Jammu who had forwarded the same to the District Magistrate Srinagar along with a copy of compact disc and the relevant newspaper clippings. He further submitted that the District Magistrate Srinagar further forwarded the complaint to the SSP Srinagar along with the relevant material for taking appropriate action in the matter.
Advocate Ahmed submitted that despite the forwarding of the relevant material to the SSP Srinagar by the District Magistrate Srinagar it is being wrongly contended that the newspaper clippings and compact disc are not available.
AAG Aseem Sawhney appearing for the State Government submitted that although the statement of the petitioner has been recorded yet the petitioner did not produce the requisite material in the shape of newspaper cuttings and compact disc allegedly containing informative material.
Justice Thakur after considering the submissions of both the sides in the open court observed and directed that Advocate Ahmed shall produce the relevant material. The Court looking into the importance of the matter directed the Registry to list this matter for further consideration on August 30, 2019.
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