Even as Justice H.S. Bedi arrived in Srinagar on Monday to probe the death of National Conference worker Syed Mohammad Yousuf, the former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, reiterated his demand for an investigation by an independent agency.

The retired Supreme Court judge, head of the one-man Commission of Enquiry appointed by the State government, would formally begin his work on Tuesday.

He would stay in the J&K capital for six weeks, an official source said. Yousuf's death, as he was handed over to the State Police's Crime Branch by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah after having been summoned to his official residence, has stirred up a controversy.

Addressing the PDP executive committee members of the Jammu province here, Mr. Sayeed said Mr. Abdullah's regime had already forfeited people's faith due to misgovernment, and its credibility was at the lowest ebb after the mysterious death of Yousuf on September 29.

This incident exposed “deep-rooted corruption” in the government as well as the ruling party.

“If leaders of this party are taking money from its own workers to make them MLCs, one can imagine how leaders of NC treat common masses.”