HC directs police to submit response before Dec 21
Jammu, Dec 5: In a much-publicised writ petition filed by social activist Sukesh C Khajuria seeking registration of FIR against Dr Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister J&K and President National Conference for his ”pro-freedom speeches” made on December 5, 2016 at Naseem Bagh (Hazratbal) Srinagar and again on Feb 24, 2017 at party headquarters, Nawa-e-Subh, Jammu and Kashmir High Court, First Puisne Judge, Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar directed SSP Srinagar and SHO Nigeen to submit response to the petition by or before the next date of hearing December 21.
Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed with Advocates Rahul Raina and Supriya Chouhan on Monday drew the attention of the court towards the latest Miscellaneous Petition filed by the petitioner Khajuria wherein he sought directions to the SSP Srinagar and SHO Police Station, Nigeen to place before the High Court the latest status of the inquiry, particularly after the recording of petitioner’s statement at Police Station, Nigeen (Srinagar) on Sep 5, 2017.
Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed further submitted that despite the fact that the statement of the petitioner Sukesh C Khajuria has been recorded by the SHO Police Station, Nigeen on September 5, 2017, till date there is no headway into the preliminary enquiry initiated on the complaint of the petitioner.
Advocate Ahmed further submitted that as per the law laid down by the Apex Court in the case titled Lalita Kumari V/s Govt of UP and Ors the SHO was under an obligation to complete the preliminary enquiry within 15 days but till date neither the enquiry has been finalized nor the SSP Srinagar and SHO Nigeen have filed response to the writ petition.
Advocate Ahmed further submitted that there is casual approach of the State government as despite service nobody is present on behalf of the State government which clearly shows the non-serious attitude of the state government in a petition of wide public importance.
The Court however, directed the registry to list this petition on Dec 21, 2017 for further consideration.