SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday granted permission to 22 advocates of the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) to visit jails, both within and outside the state, to meet Kashmiri prisoners and provide legal assistance to them.
The court of Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta allowed a petition by the HCBA in this regard and permitted 22 advocates, including HCBA President Mian Abdul Qayoom, Vice President Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, and General Secretary GN Shaheen to visit the jails.
On the previous hearing of the petition, the court had granted three weeks’ time to the Government of India and 10 days’ time to the state government for filing their objections to the petition.
The petition had stated that for preparation of effective legal defence, personal interviews with the prisoners were essential. The HCBA sought permission of the court to facilitate this process of legal assistance which is otherwise hindered by jail authorities.
The petition stated that the advocates would be visiting jails with the purpose of arranging legal assistance to various inmates lodged in prisons both within and outside the state.