New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain a petition by an NGO seeking prosecution of a Jammu and Kashmir police officer for allegedly torturing Mohammad Afzal in 2000, a year before the Parliament attack for which he has been sentenced to death.
Instead, a Bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan questioned the NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), for moving the court with the PIL and for carrying its activities from the office, which has the address of the chamber of an apex court lawyer.
At the outset, the Bench also comprising Justice R.V. Raveendran, showered questions to CPIL lawyer Prashant Bhushan for moving the court for a direction for registration of FIR against Devinder Singh, the then DSP, Special Task Force, for allegedly torturing Afzal in May 2000 for extorting a confession of his involvement with a militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Bench not impressed
His argument that the then DSP on a private TV channel in November last openly admitted that he tortured Afzal in May-June 2000 did not impress the Bench which said the matter should have been first brought to the notice of the police.
"You should have gone to the police station and filed the complaint," the Bench observed. However, when the lawyer went ahead with his arguments, the Bench warned him by saying "don't reduce this court to a police station." PTI