SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court Friday directed state government to assess threat perception of Indian National Congress district president for Shopain, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat and consider providing security cover to him.
Yousuf had moved the court after government withdrew his security in April.
Yousuf told the court that owing to his allegiance to mainstream politics, he was under constant threat, more so during campaigning for parliamentary elections.
The petition stated that Yousuf was under security cover for last seven years, while the government withdrew the security recently, “notwithstanding the fact that such an act on their part would make his life susceptible”.
Counsel Rohit Verma representing Yousuf stated that, on its bare glimpse, the government order no. APHQ/PERS/ SRCC/17/2019/ 12524 dated 2nd April 2019, withdrawing security to the petitioner,
would divulge that neither any notice nor an opportunity was provided to petitioner before passing the order without taking note of the fact that petitioner was under constant threat owing to his allegiance to mainstream politics.
Additional Advocate General (AAG), B A Dar however defended the government order stating that the decision was taken only after reviewing and assessing the situation. “Security cover cannot be given on mere assumptions,” Dar told court.
The court noted that there was meat in the petitioner’s case, particularly given his political affiliation.
Justice Tashi Rabstan directed state to give a fresh look to impugned order and re-assess the threat perception and accordingly, provide him the security cover.
“In this regard petitioner shall move a representation to respondents within one week. On its receipt respondents shall accord consideration to the case of petitioner in light of averments made in writ petition and having regard to threat perception that he has projected therein, and pass appropriate orders thereon within one week thereafter,” the court ordered.