Won’t prolong Kashmir Bar Association chief Abdul Qayoom’s detention past Aug 6, authorities tells SC


Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27

The authorities on Monday advised the Supreme Court that Kashmir Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom’s detention wouldn’t be prolonged past August 6 whilst his legal professionals demanded his speedy launch.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta knowledgeable a Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that Qayoom’s present detention underneath the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) was as a result of expire on August 6 and the federal government wouldn’t prolong it.

Terming his detention as unlawful, senior advocate Dushyant Dave and advocate Vrinda Grover, representing Qayoom, demanded his speedy launch, contending his basic rights had been being violated.

The high courtroom requested Mehta to hunt directions as to if Qayoom could possibly be launched on bail earlier than the expiry of his detention interval on August 6 and posted it for additional listening to on July 29.

The Supreme Court had on July 23 deferred the listening to on Qayoom’s petition towards his detention after Mehta stated the problem was into consideration of the authorities involved.

“Soon we will have a reply from the concerned authority,” Mehta had advised the Bench.

“If required the learned Solicitor General can secure instructions within 24 hours and the matter be listed tomorrow. I am willing to argue on merits,” Dave had stated, including, “Habeas Corpus petitions cannot be delayed and dragged in this manner.”

Qayoom, who suffers from many illnesses, has been underneath detention since August 5, 2019, following nullification of Article 370 of the Constitution.

On May 28, a division Bench of the J&Okay High Court had dismissed his petition towards his detention underneath the Public Safety Act.

While upholding his extended detention, the High Court had urged that he ought to submit a illustration declaring that he had “shunned” his ideology. Then the federal government authorities would train their discretion “to take a decision” on any such illustration, it had stated.

On July 15, the Supreme Court had sought to know the idea of Qayoom’s continued detention underneath the J&Okay Public Safety Act.

“These are COVID19 times…He is 73 years old. We want to know on what basis you would like to detain him in Delhi’s Tihar (Jail)? Moreover, his detention period per order is about to expire,” the Bench had advised Mehta.

As the Solicitor General stated Qayoom’s ideology went towards nationwide curiosity, the Bench had stated, “His ideology stays the identical.”

“All the sooner FIRs towards Qayoom date way back to 2010. In the present state of affairs would you continue to wish to hold this pending?” it had requested.

On June 26, the highest courtroom had issued discover to the J&Okay Administration on Qayoom’s petition difficult the May 28 order of the J&Okay High Court upholding his detention underneath the Public Safety Act, 1978.

It had additionally directed the authorities to offer him summer season clothes and day by day necessities in Tihar Jail the place he’s presently lodged.



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