A local court here Friday acquitted Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (H) chairman Javid Mir, Peoples Political Party chairman Hilal War besides 18 accused in a case registered in police station Kothibagh around 20 years ago.
After hearing the defence counsels and prosecution, the court of special mobile magistrate Srinagar judge Parvaiz Ahmad said that prosecution has failed to prove the guilt against accused.
The charges against the accused in this case included “waging war against state, criminal conspiracy, common intention, rioting and endangering life and property of others.”
The court acquitted the accused of all charges. Earlier, advocate Ajaz Ahmad Dar, who represented Javid Mir, Bashir Ahmad and 17 others accused in this case titled state through SHO Kothibagh versus Javid Mir and others, pleaded for closure of prosecution witness and pleaded for acquittal of the accused on account of the absence of the prosecution witness.
“From past twenty years, the prosecution has failed to adduce a single evidence or witness to support its false story. All the charges against accused are false and frivolous,” he pleaded before the court.He added that “an innocent person cannot be tried for years together.”
Referring to various Supreme Court judgments and provisions of law, advocate Ajaz further pleaded that “the right to speedy trial in all criminal prosecutions is an inalienable right under Article 21 of the Constitution.”
“My clients have been charged with false charges and prosecution has failed from past twenty years to adduce single evidence,” he submitted while pleading for acquittal. War was represented by senior advocate Zahoor Qureshi in the case.