Geelani condemns ‘judicial onslaught’ against ‘pro-freedom’ leaders

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has condemned the “judicial onslaught” against the pro-freedom leaders and their family members.
In a statement, Geelani said, “On May 9, 2019 the bail applications of Syed Shakeel Ahmad and Syed Shahid – sons of (Hizb chief) Syed Salahuddin – who have been falsely accused of hawala without any proof or evidence were listed, but the court didn’t even bother to listen the argument and simply gave a new date after 70 days i.e. July 18, 2019. This is how judiciary is being used just keep innocents behind bars and get political millage out of it.”
In past also, our people have faced the “biased” judicial system, Hurriyat (G) chairman said. “Indian rulers have themselves made a joke of their so-called democracy and court decisions are influenced by the region and faith of the accused amounting to gross judicial activism,” he said.
Geelani said to satisfy the “ever thirsty” collective conscience of Indian masses, innocent Kashmiris are being kept behind bars on “fictitious and fabricated” cases and even denied bails.
“Cases against Kashmiri prisoners listed for arguments are cancelled, not even fair judicial processes and procedures are being followed by the very organs of judiciary,” he said.
He expressed concern over the deteriorating health condition of pro-freedom leaders – Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Asiya Andrabi, Dr G M Bhat – who are languishing in Delhi’s Tihar jail and said “our prisoners are making history with their courage, steadfastness, patience and commitment”.
Geelani appealed the international community, prisoners’ rights forums and human rights bodies, to pressurise Indian authorities to at least honour and obey their own laws and stop the “revengeful attitude” towards the (Kashmiri) political prisoners.