Srinagar: The Justice (retired) H S Bedi Commission on Monday granted 13 days' time to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and two of his aides to respond to the affidavit filed by family of deceased National Conference worker Haji Mohammad Yousuf, who died in police custody last year.

Justice Bedi, who conducted the proceedings of the commission, granted time to the Chief Minister, his political Advisor Devender Rana and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nasir Aslam Wani for filing their response before February 27 to the counter-affidavit filed by family of the deceased.

During the proceedings on Monday, IG crime branch Raja Aijaz Ali and Deputy Superintendent of Police Bashir Ahmad filed counter-affidavits to the statement of Yousuf's family.

Two other police officers and a doctor filed their statements on affidavit before the commission.

The Commission will now meet again on February 28.

Omar, Wani, Rana and Ali had submitted their affidavits, through their counsel, before the Commission of Inquiry on the last date of hearing on February 3.

The state government on November 18 had appointed the retired Supreme Court judge as the head of the one-man commission to probe the death of 61-year-old Yousuf in police custody after the State High Court turned down its request for sparing a sitting judge for conducting the probe.

Yousuf was handed over to IG crime branch by the Chief Minister on September 29 last year after he allegedly admitted to taking money from two National Conference workers for getting them favours from the government. He died a day later and the medical tests so far have revealed that he died of cardiac arrest and that there were no external injuries on his body.

The Commission was asked to complete its probe within six weeks but due to 'unavoidable circumstances' including pendency of a petition relating to the matter before Supreme Court and adverse weather condition, the state government granted a three-month extension on January 7.

(Agencies)