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Haji Yousf Death Case: Final arguments concluded, parties seek time for written arguments
SRINAGAR, Nov 7: The counsel representing parties in Haji Yousf mysterious death case being probed by Bedi Commission today concluded with family lawyer and the counsel for Chief Minister Omar Abdullah seeking time to file supplementary written arguments within ten days.

Yesterday, Advocate Mushtaq Dar had started his final arguments but had remained inconclusive. As the hearing resumed today, Dar competed his final argument till afternoon. “I completed my final arguments today,” said Dar. Sources in the commission said that parties in the matter have sought 10-days time to file written supplementary arguments which has been granted.

The counsel Gaurav Pachnanda representing chief minister Omar Abdullah minister of state for home Nasir Aslam Wani and political advisor to Omar, Devinder Singh Rana had completed his final arguments on November 6.

“I submitted before Bedi Commission that there was no direct or indirect evidence against CM, Nasir and Rana in this matter that they are in anyway involved in causing death of Haji Yousf. Besides, if the family lawyer pleads about torture, he never suggest the same to the witnesses who were called before the Commission for cross examination,” said senior lawyer Gaurav Pachnanda, representing CM, Wani, and Rana.

Meanwhile, the crime branch and police department lawyers have also completed their arguments before the Commission.

The state government had on November 18 appointed the retired Supreme Court judge H S Bedi as the head of a one-man Commission to probe the death of 61-year-old Haji Yousuf in custody. Yousuf was handed over to IG, Crime Branch, by the Chief Minister on September 29 last year after he allegedly admitted that he had taken money from two National Conference workers for getting them berths in the Legislative Council and the state council of ministers. He died a day later. While Yusuf’s family alleged he was tortured to death, an autopsy showed that Haji Yousuf died of cardiac arrest. On September 3, Bedi Commission examined Syed Talib Hussain son of Haji Yousf. Pertinently, the commission has already declined attendance and oral examination of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his minister of state for home Nasir Aslam Wani, and Devinder Rana the political advisor to Omar.

Besides Omar and Wani, those who were exempted from cross examination include Asghar Hussain private secretary to Omar, Ghulam Hassan Bhat Assistant Inspector General of Police, Abdul Gaffar Malik SSP Crime branch, Muzaffar Khan the then SHO Batmaloo, Dr Irshad Kuchay medical officer of police hospital and Dr Nadeem Nazir.

Haji Yousuf, an NC worker from south Kashmir's Anantnag district, died allegedly in police custody on September 29, 2011 after two fellow party workers had accused him of taking Rs 1.18 crore from them for getting them berths in the Legislative Council. The Commission was asked to complete its probe within six weeks but due to 'unavoidable circumstances', including pendency of a petition relating to the matter before the Supreme Court and adverse weather conditions, the state government granted a three-month extension to the Commission on January 7.
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News Updated at : Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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