Srinagar: Outgoing chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), Justice CK Prasad, said on Monday that there has been no response yet from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the PCI notice sent to it over the arrest of Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf.
Yousuf, a resident of Pulwama, was arrested by the NIA on September 5 and flown to Delhi, where he is being questioned in the “terror funding” case that the NIA is probing.
“We will take the case to its logical conclusion,” said Justice CK Prasad about Yousuf’s status. “It is a process. We wrote to NIA and we are waiting for the reply.”
Justice Prasad was part of a PCI team that was in Srinagar to release a report, “Role of Media and Media Scenario of J&K”, at the Media Communications Hall at Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR).
The PCI team said that it took suo motu cognisance of Yousuf’s case, as “No one from Kashmir writes directly to us.”
After ten days of Yousuf’s arrest, the PCI sent a notice to the NIA and the J&K government asking for the reasons why he was arrested.
The PCI also sent a letter to the Kashmir Young Journalists Association last week, seeking complete details of Kamran Yousuf to process its case.
“It has been brought to the notice of the council that Jammu and Kashmir police arrested Pulwama-based freelance photojournalist Shri Kamran Yousuf and handed (him) over to the National Investigation Agency,” read the letter by PCI secretary Vibha Bhargava issued on September 14 to NIA.
The letter said that the matter “prima-facie concerns free functioning of the press and the statute mandates the Press Council to preserve the freedom of the press.”
The letter said that the PCI chairman “has viewed the incident with concern and taken suo motu cognizance”.