HC directs govt to consider release of trade union leader within week

Srinagar: The J&K high Court has directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to consider release of prominent trade union leader and businessman Mohammad Yasin Khan so that he can visit grave of his mother who died last month.
The court of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey while hearing the plea filed by Khan’s wife Sheeba Khan directed principal secretary home department and district magistrate Srinagar to decide about the case within a week.
“The consideration shall be made and decision taken within a period of one week,” it said.
He is among hundreds of persons arrested in August in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. Khan was shifted and lodged in central jail Agra in Uttar Pradesh. During his imprisonment, his mother passed away on October 24 but he could not attend her last rites.
Khan’s wife in her application sought release of her husband on parole so that he can perform the religious rites of his deceased mother Hajra Begum as per Muslim Personal Law.
The application was moved with prayer before the court seeking directions to Principal Secretary Home department and District Magistrate Srinagar to consider the application filed by the spouse of Khan with them on October 25.
The president of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation was detained under Public Safety Act through an order passed by the District Magistrate Srinagar on August 7. The said detention was also challenged before court and is pending at Central Jail Agra.

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