Crime Branch Preliminary Probe Established Yousuf Took Money

Crime Branch Preliminary Probe Established Yousuf Took Money

30 April 2012
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Tantry

Srinagar: The preliminary investigation conducted by Crime Branch into the death of Haji Syed Muhammad Yousuf has confirmed that the deceased National Conference worker had taken money from two fellow party workers promising them of berths in legislative council and the state council of ministers. This has been confirmed and endorsed by Deputy SP Crime Branch, Bashir Ahmad Ganaie in his statement to Muhammad Akbar Ganaie, the inquiry officer in the magisterial probe ordered by the government. Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and his aides have already been exonerated of all the charges in the inquiry report, which has been accessed by Rising Kashmir. Incidentally, Bashir was appointed Investigating Officer (IO) in the case FIR 17-2011, which was registered after allegations against Yousuf came to notice of the chief minister. “I am posted as Dy SP headquarters Crime Branch Srinagar since August 2011. On 29-09-2011 at about 6.30 pm, when I was present in my office, I came to know that IGP Sahib (IGP Crime) has asked for my presence in his office chamber, which is in the second storey of the Crime Headquarters,” says Bashir in his statement to the magistrate. “As I entered IGP’s office, in the meantime, Dr. Irshad (of Police Hospital) came out of ante-room and informed IGP Sahib that he had examined Syed Yousuf and that he was all right but it would be better to take him to police hospital for further examination. IGP Sahib allowed Dr. Irshad to take Yousuf to the hospital and directed me to accompany him,” Bashir says, while narrating the sequence of events which led to the “confirmation” of allegations and subsequent registration of an FIR at Police Station Crime Branch. After admitting Yousuf at Police Hospital, Bashir says he came back to Crime Headquarters, where he came to know that two more persons- Yousuf Bhat of Ganderbal and Abdul Salaam Reshi of Akingam Islamabad- were also brought to Crime Headquarters from CM’s Camp Office. Bhat and Reshi had complained before CM that Yousuf had taken Rs 84 lakhs and 34 lakhs from them respectively with the assurance of making them minister and MLC respectively. Stating that the then IGP Crime, Raja Ajaz Ali (vide order no CHQ-CCT-K-11671 dated 29-9-2011) directed for verification regarding the matter, Bashir said Preliminary Verification No 82-2011 was registered and SSP Crime Branch Srinagar started enquiry vide order NO CBK-12245-46 dated 29-09-2011. “Since complainants were present in Crime Branch Headquarters, as such verification was started from them, which revealed that Syed Yousuf had taken Rs 85 lakhs from Bhat of Rapora Ganderbal,” the Preliminary Verification by Crime Branch revealed, adding that payment was made by Bhat in three installments to Yousuf. “First installment of Rs 70 lakhs and second installment of Rs 14 lakhs were paid to him (Yousuf) at Pampore and the third installment of Rs one lakh was paid at the airport,” the CB investigation has revealed, adding that Bhat had borrowed the money from his friends to pay Yousuf. “Muhammad Yousuf Bhat had taken Rs 67 lakhs from his friend Manzoor Ahmad Rather, a resident of Behama Ganderbal. Abdul Salaam Reshi had paid Rs 34 lakhs to Syed Yousuf for making him MLC, out of which Rs 30 lakhs were returned,” the IO told the magistrate. “Since the matter regarding commission of fraud was established, as such I submitted my report to SSP Crime requesting to formally register the case so that actual facts come out after detailed investigation is carried out.” Subsequently, after this SSP Crime recommended IGP Crime to approve registration of the case, which as stated, was approved by the IGP vide order no. CHQ-CCT-11672 dated 29-09-2011. “Accordingly, a case FIR 17-2011 under Section 420 was registered at Police Station Crime Branch and I was appointed Inquiry Officer. During my investigation, statements of Bhat and Reshi were recorded, as required by the law and also the condition of Syed Yousuf, who was admitted in the hospital, was also enquired,” reads Bashir’s statement. Private Secretary of IGP was directed to inform relatives of Syed Yousuf about his stay in police hospital. According to the IO, Yousuf died in the hospital on September 30, 2011 at about 9.45 am, which was conveyed by him to SSP Crime, who then requested DC Srinagar for initiating inquest proceedings under Section 176 Cr.PC.