Social media gag on govt. employees undemocratic: Bar

SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar on Thursday denounces the government decision of restricting the use of social media by its employees as “undemocratic.”
“It infringes the right of freedom of speech and expression which is guaranteed to every human being, both under domestic and international law,” a spokesman of Bar said.
“The Bar association also feels that a gag order is also contrary to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the rule of law and no civilized society in the world will approve of the same,” he said.
“The Bar association also expresses its satisfaction over the release of Asiya Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi and Mushtaq-ul-Islam, who after the quashing of their orders of detention, had been held in unlawful detention,” he said.
In a statement Bar said they demands that those detainees and under trial prisoners, whose orders of detention have been revoked and who have been granted bail in cases registered against them on fictitious grounds, including those political prisoners, who have been sentenced to life imprisonment and by now have served more than 20 years’ incarceration, should also be released because their continued detention is an abuse of the process of law and the powers vested in the jail authorities, and also a flagrant violation of the law laid down by the Supreme Court in case titled Harpal Singh versus State of Haryana, (reported in 2012 (13) SCC 512).
“The Bar association also condemns the thrashing given to one of its member, Advocate Mehraj-ud-din Kathoo, who was abused by the traffic police without any reason and was also manhandled,” he said.
“He had approached the police concerned for lodging the FIR against the culprits but the police has not taken any action against them. The Bar association demands that an FIR should be lodged against those who are guilty of thrashing and manhandling the advocate and also seizing of his vehicle and to file appropriate proceedings in the court of law,” he said.