Lodged in Baramulla sub-jail
SRINAGAR: A court on Monday dismissed an application by police to change custody of Muslim League chairman and senior Hurriyat Conference leader Masrat Alam Bhat in a case registered against him in police station Sumbal in 2015.
The court of sub-registrar Srinagar, Mir Sayeem Qayoom however extended the judicial remand of Alam and ordered his lodgment in sub -jail Baramulla.
The court actually disposed off two applications—one filed by the SHO police station Sumbal, seeking change of Alam’s custody from case (FIR No.126/2010 in police station Sadder) to FIR (53/2015 in police station Sumbal) and another filed by SDPO Shaheed Gunj Srinagar for his judicial remand in the case at Saddar.
The SDPO Syed Yasir Qadri, who is the investigation officer in case filed 2010, submitted that Alam’s custody may not be changed at this stage as he was yet to complete the investigation.
“Keeping in view the submission made by the IO of (FIR No.128/2010), the application seeking change of custody at this stage is dismissed,” the court said.
Alam was produced before the court at 3 pm by the DSP Qadri and sought his judicial remand for 15 more days. “The submissions of the police official, seeking judicial remand (of Alam), appears to be genuine,” the court said and extended his judicial custody till February 14.
Following submissions by Alam’s counsel—Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Syed Shabir Bukhari and Nasir Qadri, the court also ordered his lodgement in sub-jail Baramulla. The court also ordered that Alam should be medically examined after every 48 hours.
The case at Sumbal police station was filed against Alam for his visit to Markundal area in Bandipora district on 28 March 2015 and according to police, he addressed a huge public gathering and raised anti-national and pro-Pakistan administered Kashmir slogans.
On December 28 last year, the J&K high court had ordered Alam’s release “forthwith from preventive detention”.
The court had passed the orders on Alam’s plea challenging the latest of the 34th detention orders under Public Safety Act, described as lawless law by amnesty international.
Alam was released after a 53-month-long captivity on March 7, 2015. However he was again re-arrested on 17 April 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 earlier PSA detentions were also quashed by the high court with a direction to authorities to release him. But he continues to be behind bars.