Srinagar: The High Court on Wednesday directed the government to consider shifting Muslim League chairman Masarat Alam Bhat and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi and her aide from Jammu to a jail in Kashmir.
Hearing a petition by senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Masarat Alam, a single bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the authorities to consider shifting him to a jail in Kashmir. The direction by the court followed submissions by Advocate Mian Tufail that the lodgement of Alam at Jammu jail was against the Supreme Court’s constitutional bench judgement rendered in the case of AK Roy vs Union of India.
The court also directed the authorities to allow the family members and his counsel to meet him.
Meanwhile, the court directed the government to file within two weeks its response to the petition filed by Alam in which he has challenged his latest detention under Public Safety Act.
Separately, the High Court directed the government to consider shifting of DeM Chief Asiya Andrabi and her aide Sofi Fehmeeda from a Jammu jail to any jail in Kashmir.
The court directed the authorities to shift the duo to Kashmir after their counsel, Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom, pleaded that their lodgement at Amphala jail in Jammu was against the Supreme Court’s judgement.
“Respondent authorities are directed to consider lodgement of the detenue at Srinagar in accordance with the law laid down by the Supreme Court in the constitutional bench judgment rendered in the case of AK Roy vs Union of India,” the court said. The court also directed the government to take steps for proper medical treatment of the ailing Asiya.