SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has asked the government to reveal by Tuesday “the law and the authority” under which JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has been arrested and kept in jail.
The order was issued by a single bench of Justice R Sudhakar after Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar treated Malik’s postal letter as a ‘habeas corpus petition’ and directed its listing before a senior judge of the court.
Diarised as 81/2016, the petition came up for hearing before Justice R Sudhakar in the afternoon, whereupon the judge asked additional advocate general RA Khan, who was in the court, to reveal by Tuesday under which law and authority had Malik been arrested.
Malik was arrested last Wednesday and kept at Kothi Bagh police station until Sunday when he was shifted to central jail Srinagar. From the Kothi Bagh police station he had written a letter to the chief justice, saying it had become routine to put him behind bars without following the procedure of law.
Malik had also stated that his liberties had been off and on curtailed and unnecessarily interfered with.
“It has been now four days since he was lodged in an isolated room of police station Kothi Bagh and has not been produced before any magistrate,” Malik had said in the letter which was delivered at the residence of the chief justice on Saturday. The next day he was shifted to central jail Srinagar.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, condemned the shifting of JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik to the Central Jail Srinagar and termed it as the “worst form of state terrorism”.
In a statement issued here, he said the “oppressive tactics” have neither worried the Kashmiri pro-freedom leadership in the past and nor would they deter it in the future either.
“We will continue to pursue the sacred cause of Kashmir until it gets liberated from the cruel clutches of India,” he said.