Srinagar: A court Saturday extended judicial remand of Muslim League chairman and Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Masrat Alam Bhat till June 7.
The 44-year-old leader was produced before 3rd Munsif Srinagar who extended his judicial custody, Mohammad Rafiq Ganie, spokesman of Muslim League, told Kashmir Reader.
Alam is lodged in district jail Baramulla and his remand was extended in FIR 74/2010 under sections 153-A RPC and 13 unlawful activities act registered in police station Shaheedgunj.
As many as 27 different FIRs—25 in various police station of Kashmir Valley and two cases in Jammu— have been registered against the Alam since 1995. However, investigation has been completed in only 12 cases despite claims by the police that special investigation teams have been constituted to ‘speed up’ the investigation in these FIRs.
Last week, a court in Budgam granted bail to Alam and termed his detention as “extra-judicial detention.”
“So long as this part of the country is part of the Indian union, to which this court has no doubt, situations like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay cannot be tolerated, at least in cases which are raised in the courts,” the CJM had said.
Alam was released after a 53-month-long captivity on March 7 last year. However he was again rearrested on April 17 2015 and was ordered to be detained under the PSA by the ruling PDP-BJP government to calm down “anger” expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his release. His PSA detention was quashed by the high court with a direction to authorities to release him. But he continues to be behind bars.
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.
“If (Alam) is anti-national and detrimental to the society and public at large, let the state discharge its duty in bringing the guilty to book so that (he is) punished suitably as per the mandate of law. However, despite the fact that the state alleges (Alam is) anti-national, (his) right, as guaranteed by the constitution, principles of natural justice cannot be denied to (him) indefinitely,” the CJM had added.