SRINAGAR: The police didn’t allow lawyers to meet Syed Ali Geelani’s son for offering him legal assistance against National Investigation Agency’s summon, the J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, said on Wednesday.
Bar said that its president Mian Abdul Qayoom and executive member Mohammad Ashraf Bhat were turned away by the policemen posted outside the Hyderpora to enter the residence of Syed Ali Geelani.
“They had gone to meet the octogenarian and, besides enquiring about his health, were required to provide legal aid and assistance to his son Nayeem, who has been summoned by NIA in connection with a case registered in 2011,” the Bar said in a statement issued here.
Bar said the lawyers were “refused entry” and were told “by some sub- inspector, who disclosed his identity as Amjad, that they can go to any court, judge or authority but he will not allow them to meet Syed Ali Geelani”.
The lawyers’ body stated, “Even though there is no provision in any law for putting a person under house arrest for an indefinite period, yet even if such power is traced to section 144 CrPC, there is no power vested in the police to stop a lawyer to meet his client.”
“Even where a person has been sentenced to death and has been confined to a cell, preparatory to his hanging, (he) has the right to meet his counsel and he cannot be prevented from interacting with his counsel on any ground whatsoever,” it said.
It said that an order under section 144 could remain in force “only for a period of two months from the date of its making”.
“But in the case of Syed Ali Geelani, this mandatory requirement of section 144 CrPC has been given a go-bye by the authorities with impunity. He has been continuously kept under house arrest while in Srinagar and has even not been allowed to offer his Friday prayers…,” Bar said.
The Bar Association also sought to inform the people that its members have been providing free legal aid and assistance to “all those detenues and undertrial prisoners who have been arrested in the ongoing freedom struggle” since 1990.
“Even from 8th of July, 2016, the Bar Association has constituted a team of three members which is assisted by a few more, who are always present in the Subordinate Courts at Sanat Ghar Bemina Srinagar and are providing free legal aid to all those who have been arrested from 08.07.2016 onwards,” it said.
“The other Bar Associations of the state have also, at the request of Srinagar Bar Association, formed such committees in their respective Districts…. National Conference providing legal aid at this point of time to those who have been arrested in the ongoing freedom struggle is, therefore, only a gimmick, which the freedom-loving people should not pay any heed thereto,” it said, asking people to be vigilant of the “machinations of those who have all along supported the Indian regime in Kashmir”.
Bar opposed the suggestions of finding a solution to Kashmir issue by merger 1952 Delhi Agreement with Musharaff’s 4-point formula.
“The Bar Association wants to make it more clear to the people that Delhi Agreement of 1952 was conceived by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in fraud, to blunt the UN Resolutions and the protests the UN Security Council made against the bringing into existence a Constituent Assembly for purposes of framing a constitution of the State and taking a decision on the future status of the Kashmir,” it said.
Meanwhile, the lawyers’ body also condemned the killing of a youth in north Kashmir on Wednesday.