Bail plea of Aslam Wani rejected
Srinagar: Senior resistance leader and secretary-general of Hurriyat Conference (Geelani), Shabir Ahmad Shah has been shifted to high risk ward (1) of Tihar jail in New Delhi which his family termed as “a cause of worry”.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader from New Delhi, Shah’s wife, Dr Bilquees, said, “I met Shah sahab today in the jail where his condition is very disturbing.”
“Shah has been shifted from a normal ward (7) to a high-risk ward,” said his counsel, Sarwar Khan. “He has been completely denied medicine for last one week,” Khan said.
Khan said he will move an application in this regard before the court on Tuesday along with Shah’s bail plea.
“Shah is suffering from various ailments,” he informed.
Shah, chief of Democratic Freedom Party, has been jailed in Tihar for alleged money laundering, a case in which the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a 1900-page charge sheet.
The resistance leader was arrested on July 25 from Srinagar and is lodged in Tihar Jail since.
The 62-year-old Shah is suffering from hypertension, diabetes, chest pain, BHP, cervical spondilytis, lumber spondilytis, osteoarthritis in both legs, attacks of sudden loss of consciousness, for which he has been taking medicine for the past six years, his wife said.
“Shah underwent HUTT (Head Up Tilt Test) results of which have has come positive at GB Pant Hospital,” his wife said.
She said that Shah was then advised HOLTER Test at Delhi’s Safdarjang Hospital but “the machine was not functioning so he has been asked to come for the test on 5th January 2018.”
“It is an emergency case and Shah sahab needs a pacemaker at the earliest,” she said. “More so, he has been given no medicine at all for past one week after he was shifted from jail 7 to jail 1.”
She said that Shah has been kept “in solitary confinement where death sentence convicts are lodged”.
“He is facing weight loss and has become very weak,” she said.
Dr Bilquees said that Shah was shifted to hospital only after the court directed the jail authorities to do so. “We had got him lodged in jail 7 after many efforts,” his counsel said. “But now, he has again been jailed in high-risk ward.”
Khan also informed that the bail application of the co-accused in the money-laundering case, Muhammad Aslam Wani, has been rejected by the court. “We are waiting for the court order which is yet to come,” Khan said.
The court heard arguments on Wani’s bail plea on December 1 and had reserved its order which was scheduled to come on December 4.