Asks why Rasheed cannot be allowed to carry out political activities in Jammu
Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Friday directed the government to allow Engineer Rasheed, MLA from Langate, to attend a marriage function in his colleague’s family in Kishtwar. The court also sought a report from the state DGP and chief secretary on why Rasheed cannot be allowed to carry out his political activities in the entire Jammu province.
Rasheed had filed a petition before the high court seeking direction to the state government to respect his fundamental rights and allow him to move freely in Jammu province. Due to continuous boycotting of court proceedings by Bar Association members, Rasheed himself argued for his case before Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir.
He confronted Additional Advocate General Bashir Ahmad Dar and argued that the state government has not been allowing him to visit any part of Chenab Valley, Pir Panchal region, or any other place in Jammu province. He informed the court that the Jammu police were not allowing him to attend a marriage ceremony at Surankote, nor social and religious functions in Jammu province. He further informed the court that despite bringing the matter to the notice of the Governor, the Assembly Speaker, the Chief Secretary, State DGP, and other top officials, nothing had changed.
Rasheed said that the police and civil administration were not only humiliating him but violating his fundamental rights. The judge after hearing the arguments from both sides ordered the state government to ensure that Rasheed attends the marriage ceremony at his colleague’s family in Kishtwar. The court then directed the DGP and the chief secretary to file their response on why Rasheed should not be allowed to visit Jammu province for political and other activities whenever he so desires.