Court extends Masarat’s judicial remand

Court extends Masarat’s judicial remand

Bandipora: A court here on Wednesday extended judicial remand of Muslim League chairman and senior Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam Bhat till March 22.
The remand was extended by Chief Judicial Magistrate Bandipora on a plea by police and the order comes a day before Sessions Judge Bandipora is likely to hear arguments on state’s plea against bail granted to Alam.
Alam, who is presently being detained at Police Station Sumbal, was granted bail by Chief Judicial Magistrate Bandipora in a case FIR no. 53/2015, on February 21 this year.
However, the state government challenged the bail order before the Sessions Judge Bandipora who suspended its operation until 27 February and later extended it by twelve more days.
On January 19, City Munsiff, Judicial Magistrate 1st Class Srinagar, ordered the police to release Alam after granting bail to him in a case registered in police station Harwan in 2010 under section 13 lawful activities act.
On December 28 last year, the J&K high court had ordered Alam’s release “forthwith from preventive detention”.
The court had passed the orders on Alam’s plea challenging the latest of the 34th detention orders under Public Safety Act, described as lawless law by amnesty international.
Alam was released after a 53-month-long captivity on March 7 2015. However he was again re-arrested on 17 April 2015 and was slapped PSA by the PDP-BJP government to calm down “anger” expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his release. His earlier PSA detentions were also quashed by the high court with a direction to authorities to release him. But he continues to be behind bars.

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