SC Notice to CBI on Rajnish’s brutal death in J&K

via Press Release published on November 28, 2009

On 27.11.09, Supreme Court issued notice after hearing Ms. Pinky Anand, Sr. Advocate along with Mr. D. N. Goburdhan, Mr. Sanjeev Sahay and Balendu Shekhar advocates, on the writ petition filed under Article 32, by Anchal Sharma alias Amina Yousuf, the young widow, the aged mother of Rajneesh and Pawan Sharma.

The above mentioned matter was listed before the Supreme Court on 27.11.09. After hearing arguments from the Petitioners, Supreme Court bench of Justice Altamas Kabir and Cyriac Joseph issued notice on the Union of India, State of J & K & CBI. 4 weeks time has been given to the respondents to file response. Earlier on 13.11.2009 when the petition was mentioned, Supreme Court had granted Police protection to deceased Rajnish’s relatives.

In the present case, there is violation of Human Rights by the State Police and the State authorities of Jammu and Kashmir. The postmortem report shows sustained third degree torture including wounds, fractures and burns. The police in conspiracy with Anchal’s relatives brutally tortured and inflicted third degree injuries and then killed her husband, Rajneesh Sharma, in cold blooded manner in Police custody. His crime was that being a Hindu from Jammu, he married a Muslim girl, i.e Anchal nee Amina Yousuf of Srinagar against the wishes of her family. Rajneesh paid the price for marrying a Muslim girl. Although both were major at the time of marriage and solemnized willingly. The writ petitioners have prayed for independent and impartial investigation by CBI, registration of FIR against the police officials and Aanchal’s family members involved in this brutal murder, petitioner compensation of Rs. 50 lakhs and guidelines to be laid down for the police in such cases.

The matter will be listed in Supreme Court after Winter Vacations.

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