Srinagar June 03 – The Commission of Inquiry, headed by Justice (retd) Muzaffer Jan, probing the death of two women at Shopian, has sought statements of facts/allegations by all aggrieved individuals, group of persons, associations, institutions and organizations having knowledge, directly or indirectly, of facts and circumstances relating to the deaths and having interest in the proceedings before the Commission on June 8, 2009.
According to a notification issued by the Commission of Inquiry here today, anyone who wishes to assist the Commission in making suggestions, have been invited to furnish their statement of facts/allegations in the form of affidavits, duly verified by deponents and sworn before any court or magistrate or notary, along with three photosat copies before the Secretary of the Commission, at PWD Dak Bungalow, Shopian, on June 8 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. either in person or through an advocate or duly-authorized attorney.
The affidavits must state the occupation, age and complete present residential address of the deponent, who may file along with his/her statement of facts, a list of witnesses and any supporting document relating to the matter under reference. The affidavit must verify that the statements made in the affidavit are true and correct to the best of personal their knowledge and belief.
Persons, who submit such affidavits/statements of facts/allegations, etc, will be summoned to appear before the Commission of Inquiry to give oral evidence on the dates to be fixed for the purpose. Sittings of the Commission will generally be held at Shopian (at PWD Dak Bungalow) from 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. However, the Commission at its discretion may change the venue, if required, the notification adds.
The first sitting of the Commission of Inquiry will be held at the above-mentioned venue on June 8, 2009.
The statement of facts/affidavit shall preferably be in English or Urdu, and if it is in other language, then it shall be accompanied by a true translation thereof in English, duly authenticated by any officer, the notification adds.
In the event of any person wanting to share any information in confidence with the Commission which is relevant or material to the terms of inquiry, he/she may contact the Secretary of the Commission.
Full protection will be extended to all persons appearing before the Commission, the proceedings of which are judicial, under J&K Commission of Inquiry Act.
The notification further adds that no statement, deposition or evidence be submitted which is not true and correct.
The notification further adds that all the aggrieved parties, who may file their affidavits, will be summoned to appear before the Commission in person or through their advocates duly authorised for the purpose on the day, time and venue or as may be fixed in the proceedings before the Commission.