HC asks govt to shift Masarat, Asiya to Kashmir jail

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SRINAGAR, JUNE 08 : Jammu and Kashmir High Court Wednesday asked the state government to consider shifting of pro-freedom leaders Masarat Alam and Asiya Andrabi from Kot Balwal jail Jammu to a Kashmir Jail.

In Masarat Alam’s case the court direction came after it issued Alam’s counsel Advocate Mian Tufail told the court that the lodging of a detainee far away from his home goes against the judgement passed in the case of A K Roy vs Union of India, report said.

In a separate petition, the High Court passed the similar order in which it asked the government to shift Asiya Andrabi and her personal secretary Sofi Fehmeeda from Jammu’s Amphala jail to any jail in Kashmir.

Their Council Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom argued that lodging the duo in a Jammu jail far away from home goes against Supreme Court orders.

Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday asked the government to consider shifting of senior Hurriyat (G) leader and Muslim league Chairman, Masarat Alam Bhat from Kot Balwal in Jammu to any jail in Kashmir.

A bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the authorities to consider shifting of Alam to a Jail in Kashmir after his counsel Advocate Mian Tufail pleaded that the lodgment of the detainee at Jammu Jail was against the constitutional bench judgment rendered in the case of A K Roy vs Union of India.

The court also directed the authorities to allow the family members and his counsel to meet the detenue. The court admitted given the government two weeks for filing objections to it. (PTK)

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