SC Collegium clears Javed Iqbal Wani’s elevation as HC Judge

Kashmir Times. Dated: 1/23/2020 11:44:14 PM

JAMMU, Jan 23: (JNF): The Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice has cleared names of advocate Javed Iqabl Wani from advocate quota for elevation as judge to J&K High Court.
In the month of March 2019, the State High Court Collegium had recommended the names of two Jammu-based lawyers namely Rajnesh Oswal and Rahul Bharti and two Srinagar-based advocates namely Javaid Iqbal Wani and Moksha Kazmi for their appointment as Judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court whereas on October 17, 2019, Supreme Court collegium cleared the names of Moksha Kazmi (Khajuria) and Rajnesh Oswal from advocate quota for elevation as judges to J&K High Court.
As per the precedence, the Supreme Court Collegium will take decision on the recommendation of the J&K High Court Collegium and then forward the names to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice for clearance.
Later, the list will be submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office for final approval of the Union Government and thereafter to the President of India for issuance of the warrant of appointment.
As per the Memorandum of Procedure in vogue, lawyers with minimum 10 years of experience in practice and falling in the age group of 45-55 years are considered for the posts of High Court Judges. Two-third of the sanctioned strength of a High Court is reserved for Bar and one-third for the Bench.
The J&K High Court has sanctioned strength of 17 Judges including 13 Permanent Judges and 4 Additional Judges. However, at present there are only eight Judges including Chief Justice Gita Mittal.
The other Judges of the High Court are Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Tashi Rabstan, Justice Sanjeev Kumar Shukla, Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta and Justice Sindhu Sharma.
Advocate Javed Iqbal Wani, born on March 24, 1964, is first Gold Medalist in Law from Kashmir University in the year 1989-90. He started practice in the year 1990.
He appeared in various high profile cases including Pathribal case from army side.
DySP Devinder, 4 others sent on 15-day NIA remand
JAMMU, Jan 23: (JNF): Suspended Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Davinder Singh, who was arrested for helping militants, was produced in a special court in Jammu on Thursday and was sent to 15-day NIA custody with four other co-accused.
Officials said the suspended officer was produced in the special NIA court along with the two militants, who he was helping travel out of Jammu and Kashmir, and their two associates. Syed Irfan, brother of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant arrested along with Singh, was also produced in the court by the NIA after it arrested him on Thursday.
The NIA sought 15-day custody to interrogate the five, officials said, adding the court granted the request. The accused were brought to the court in bullet-proof vehicles with their faces covered. A battery of media-persons was seen outside the court complex.
The NIA, which took over the investigations into the case last weekend, brought them on Wednesday on a transit remand from Kulgam in south Kashmir.
Special Judge NIA Jammu Subash C Gupta granted 15 days police remand to NIA of DySP Devinder Singh son of Deedar Singh resident of Overigund, Tral, Pulwama J&K, Syed Naveed Mushtaq Shah alias Naveed Baba, son of Syed Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, resident of Nazneepora, Keegam Shopian, J&K, Irfan Safi Mir, son of late Mohammed Safi Mir resident of House No 44, Diaroo Keegam, Shopian, J&K, Rafi Ahmed Rather son of Abdul Rashid Rather resident of Batpora/ Herpora Police Station Imam Sahib Shopian, J&K and Syed Irfan Ahmad alias Irfan, 26, son of Syed Mushtaq Ahmed, resident of Nazneenpora, district Shopian, J&K.
Special Judge NIA Subash C Gupta sent him on 15-day remand after perusal and consideration of the relevant entries of the CD file. The file revealed that the case related to ferrying of two HM militants (accused) namely – Syed Naveed Mushtaq Shah and Rafi Ahmed Rather under the earlier hatched criminal conspiracy with their associates, co-accused namely DySP -Devinder Singh & Irfan Shafi Mir towards Jammu ,on January 11,2020 ,in a Hyundai I-20 car bearing Registration No. JK-03H-1738. And on getting specific information, they were apprehended at Mir Bazar, Qazigund by the J&K Police. During search of the afore referred car, one AK-47, 3 pistols, 5 hand grenades, 174 live rounds of AK-47 & 36 live rounds of pistol and other incriminating material were recovered from the same.
On this basis , a case FIR No. 05/2020 u/s 18, 19,20,38&39 of UA(P) Act, section 7/25 of Arms Act and Section 3/4 of Explosive Substances Act was registered with the Police Station Qazigund. Subsequently, in compliance to the order No. 11011/10/2020/NIA dated 17.01.2020, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, NIA Branch office Jammu re-registered a case No. RC-01/2020/NIA/JMU dated 17.01.2020 and thereafter, immediately, set the investigation into motion.
Today, in the currency of the investigation, Syed Irfan Ahmad @ Irfan, was arrested for his role in the larger conspiracy and being a harbourer of the militants. It further surfaced in the investigation that Syed Irfan Ahmed is younger brother of accused- Syed Naveed Mustaq Shah and was instrumental in acting as a go- between him and DySP Devinder Singh for facilitating their travel for specific mission, in pursuance of their earlier hatched criminal conspiracy, in the matter.
Special Judge NIA after gone through the CD File observed, “The facts and the circumstances of the case, gravity and heinousness of the crime as involved in the present matter, submissions made by the CIO and the stage of the investigation of the case, the court is of the considered view that the custodial interrogation of the accused is imperative to facilitate the ongoing investigation. Accordingly, the prayer made by the NIA seems genuine and justified.”
“Hence, the application made by CIO, NIA, in the matter for remand is hereby allowed. The accused are remanded to police custody for 15 (fifteen) days. The CIO is directed to arrange the medical examination of the accused persons, after every 48 hours during the remand period. The accused, who are remanded are apprised of their rights to engage legal counsels and to have advice from them, in the matter,” he held.



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