‘Detainees under preventive law be lodged in nearest jail’
SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar has strongly condemned the slapping of 37th detention order under Public Safety Act issued by District Magistrate, Baramulla on incarcerated chairman of Muslim League J&K Masarat Alam Bhat and termed it as a gruesome violation of human rights and a blatant breach of Alam’s fundamental rights and misuse of the power under the Act.
The Bar Association in a statement said it “feels that at a time, when the Letters Patent Appeal filed by the detenue against the dismissal of his Habeas Corpus Petition filed against the 36th order of detention was pending before the Division Bench of the High Court, passing of yet another order of detention, without there being any fresh material available with the detaining authority, besides being malafide, is a sheer abuse of authority and power and deserves to be denounced by one and all”.
The Bar also condemned the “shifting of 15 Kashmiri detenues from District Jail Kathua to District Jail Karnal, Haryana, by the state government”.
“A person detained under the preventive law, has to be lodged in a jail near his home, as has been authoritatively pronounced by Supreme Court of India in case titled A.K. Roy v. Union of India (AIR 1982 SC 710), so as to enable him to receive food from his home and to interact with his friends, relatives and family members frequently and while in jail, but it is in violation of the aforesaid law, that Kashmiri detenues, who are also facing trial in courts located in Kashmir Province, are lodged in jails outside Kashmir valley to make their production in the courts impossible,” it said.
The JKHCBA also condemned the filing of charge-sheet against Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Asiya Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen, in a court at Delhi and termed it as an act of vendetta and politically motivated.
Meanwhile, in a condolence meeting held here on Friday, in the High Court Complex, Srinagar, the death of the wife of the brother of Abdul Hamid Dar, advocate, resident of Chakpora Nowgam, was condoled, the statement said.
While offering Fateha to the deceased, the Bar members prayed to Almighty Allah to rest her soul in peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss.