Srinagar: The J&K high court has quashed detention order under Public Safety Act against nine detainees including a senior leader of Muslim League, an ally of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani.
Disposing of separate petitions filed by the detainees, the high court ordered their immediate release from the preventive custody.
“Detaining authority did not inform the detainee that independent of his right to file representation against his detention to government, (he) has also right to submit a representation to the detaining authority till detention was considered by government and approved. (DC Kupwara) has in essence violated constitutional and statutory rights of the detainee section 13 of J&K PSA,” the court said while quashing detention order of Abdul Ahad Parra, a resident of Kralgund Kupwara. It also directed authorities to release him forthwith.
The court also quashed detention order under PSA against Nissar Ahmad Parray alias Javid son of Abdul Rehban Parray of Parray Mohalla Hajin Bandipora.
“The only precious and valuable right guaranteed to a (detainee) is of making an effective representation against the order of detention. Such an effective representation can only be made by a (detainee) when he is supplied the relevant grounds of detention,” the court said while quashing Parray’s detention order.
It also quashed detention orders under PSA of Sameer Ahmad Dar, Irfan Majeed Lone, Mohammad Abbas Bhat, Mudasir Ahmad Wagay, Farooq Ahmad Wagay, Zubair Ahmad Tantray and Manzoor Ahmad Lone. The detainees were represented before court by advocate Mian Qayoom, president Kashmir High Court Bar Association, besides advocates Nasir Qadri and Wajid Haseeb.