Khuram released on court order, detained ‘illegally’ in Kupwara, Law min refuses to comment

Srinagar: A court ordered release of noted human rights activist Khuram Parvez while contending that Srinagar executive magistrate’s order, under which he was detained, was “not in accordance with law”.

“I am of the opinion that the order passed by the magistrate is not in accordance with the law. Same is liable to be set aside and is set aside accordingly,” Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar Rashid Ali Dar said and ordered Pervez’s release.

“The copy of this order be also sent to superintendent sub jail/district jail Kupwara,” the court said while disposing of a revision petition filed against the executive magistrate’s order on September 16.

The petition had called in question a number of grounds including the complaint filed by the police under CrPC sections of 107 and 151.

In the complaint, police said Pervez was arrested for instigating a group of ‘nimazis’ at Ziarat Syed Saab here to march towards the Tourist Reception Centre. The allegation was rejected by the court.

“The petitioner (Pervez) is a peace loving citizen of the J&K state and has no role in ongoing unrest and his job is preparing the reports with regard to human rights violations in a transparent manner which is his mandate being a member of many human rights groups,” submitted a battery of lawyers including Bashir Sidiq, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, Shabir Ahmad, Hafizullah, Zahir-ud-Din and Syed Musaib.

Law minister Abdul Haq Khan refused to comment on Khurram’s detention. “I don’t want to comment on it,” he said.

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