Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday called for a report from Commissioner Secretary Home, J&K Government, with respect to detaining and imprisoning of JKLF chief Yasin Malik in Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
SHRC chairperson Rtd Justice Bilal Nazki called for the report in response to a petition moved by rights activist Ahsan Untoo under case no. SHRC 56/Sgr/2019.
The petition pleaded that detaining the JKLF chief under PSA was a gross violation of human rights and was against international human rights conventions.
The petition stated that Malik was arrested on frivolous charges and was later slapped with PSA. He was sent to Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu without following the law laid down by the Supreme Court which categorically states that any person who is detained under preventive custody has to be lodged at the nearest jail to his/her home.
The petition also stated that Malik is suffering from various ailments and needs continuous medical check-up of specialised doctors. Untoo said in his petition that despite the state being aware of the health problems of the detenue, he was shifted to a jail in Jammu where, as per reports, he has been put in solitary confinement and is not being allowed to interact with other jail inmates.
It was further submitted before the Commission that Malik was a well-known political personality and his pleading the just cause of people was no crime.
Untoo demanded that in the interests of justice, Yasin Malik be shifted back to Srinagar as early as possible.