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SC to hear plea on J&K NC worker's death
The death of NC worker Haji Yousuf had sparked a major political row in Jammu and Kashmir.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court is hearing a PIL petition on death of National Conference (NC) worker Haji Saeed Yousuf in Jammu and Kashmir's police custody.
The PIL seeks a CBI probe into Yousuf's death.
Haji Yousuf was the same National Conference worker who died in police custody after he was allegedly handed over by the J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The deceased's family has been claiming that Haji Yousuf died after he was beaten at Abdullah's residence.
Earlier, Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court had rejected state government's request for services of a sitting HC judge to probe death of Yousuf.
The state government had asked the Chief Justice to spare the services of a sitting judge to probe the circumstances leading to the death of the NC worker allegedly in police custody.
The death of Yousuf had sparked a major political row as another National Conference worker Abdul Salam Reshi had alleged the deceased had taken Rs 34 lakh from him and Rs 84 lakh from another party worker Mohammad Yousuf Bhat for getting them berths in the state legislative council.
Several questions have been raised on the role of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the death of the party worker.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had handed over Syed Mohammad Yousuf to the Crime Branch on September 29 after the latter had admitted to taking money from the other two party workers.
Yousuf's son Talib Hussain had also implicated Omar, accusing him of hiding the truth about his father's death and had demanded a CBI probe.
Talib had even claimed to have seen torture marks on his father's body.
Opposition PDP had also demanded that Omar must resign as the Chief Minister to ensure a fair probe into the incident.
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