Masrat Alam produced in court in fresh case

Masrat Alam produced in court in fresh case

SRINAGAR: Senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader and Muslim League chairman, Masrat Alam Bhat, was on Thursday presented before a court in connection with a new case.
Advocate Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Alam’s counsel, told Kashmir Reader that police has filed a charge-sheet in connection with “some case” before the court of 3rd additional Munsiff Srinagar “in our absence” on Tuesday.
“Today he was presented before the court, but the presiding officer (judge) was not present. The case has now been posted on March 19,” he said.
About the charge-sheet, he said: “The exact details will be known once we get a copy of the charge sheet.”
The 43-year-old, who apparently is being dubbed as a successor to Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, was released after a 53-month-long captivity on March 7 last year.
Alam was then rearrested on April 17 and was ordered to be detained under the PSA by the PDP-BJP government to calm down the “anger” expressed by prime minister Narendra Modi against his release.
To discourage repeated detentions under PSA, courts have held that the second detention order can be passed only if there are fresh grounds.
The courts have made it clear that the fresh grounds cannot mean the apprehension expressed by authorities or the police that the detainee might create trouble on his release.
Meanwhile, Muslim League spokesman Mohammad Rafiq Ganie condemned the filing of charge-sheet against Alam and termed it “political vendetta” against him.