Despite HC orders, detained CUK student not allowed to write exams

Despite HC orders, detained CUK student not allowed to write exams

Srinagar: Despite directions by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, jail authorities have not allowed a detained journalism student of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) to appear in his last semester examination.
Adil Farooq Bhat, 24, a resident of Bhat Mohalla, Khrew in Pulwama district, was detained at Police Station Awantipora in January where he had gone for questioning, as per a news report.
A month later, in February, Bhat was booked under the Public Safety Act and shifted to Kot Balwal Jail, Jammu, where he is lodged presently.
While police have accused Bhat of being an ‘‘over ground worker” for militants, the High Court had on May 22 directed Kot Balwal jail authorities to allow him to appear in his fourth semester examination.
The court observed that Adil’s fourth semester examination was scheduled from May 30 and directed authorities to “make necessary arrangements so as to ensure participation of the petitioner (Adil) in the scheduled examination at the scheduled venue.”
Despite the court directions, however, the authorities at Kotbalwal jail did not allow Adil to appear in the examination, his family and friends said.
Even as the Court had sent a letter of the judgment to jail superintendent, Adil’s father, Farooq Ahmad Bhat told Kashmir Reader that the official had conveyed to them that the judgment reached him late.
“The Superintendent also cited security reasons (over letting Adil at the last minute),” Farooq said.
Farooq also appealed the authorities to shift Adil to the nearest jail in Kashmir as his studies were at stake.
An official at the Kotbalwal Jail told Kashmir Reader that the High Court judgement, issued on May 22, reached them on May 29th.
“By then, it was not possible for the concerned police officials in Kashmir to make the necessary arrangements even though we wrote to them the same day,” he said.