Court quashes Shaheen’s detention
Srinagar, Dec 29: High Court has quashed the detention of the general secretary of Kashmir Bar Association (KBA) G N Shaheen under Public Safety Act (PSA) and directed the state government to release him.
Shaheen was arrested on July 17 this year for leading a demonstration to seek release of the KBA president Mian Abdul Qayoom.
Pertinently, Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain had reserved the judgment in Shaheen’s case on November 26. However, he announced the judgment today and quashed his detention under PSA.
The Court had quashed the Shaheen’s detention under PSA on Sept 26 and directed the state to release him. However, soon after his release he was re-arrested by sleuths of Counter Intelligence Jammu. He was shifted to Rajouri district jail.
Meanwhile, the Court reserved the orders on two petitions regarding bail and quashment of FIR against the KBA president Mian Abdul Qayoom.
Qayoom’s counsels submitted before the court that their client is suffering from multiple ailments including hypertension, diabetes, urine retention because of prostrates and bleeding from some undiagnosed haemorrhage in intestines. “The medical board has already advised colonoscopy to Qayoom,” Quershi submitted.
On July 7, Qayoom was arrested by police for “misusing the Bar platform for secessionist activities, providing legal aid to striking employees, encouraging stone-pelters and launching separate probes against incidents.”
However, state government on Sept 18 revoked his PSA and court directed his release.
Subsequently, after his release from Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu, he was re-arrested again in Kathua in a case registered against him by police station Hiranagar. Qayoom was later shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail.
On Aug 23, the High Court had directed the state government to reconsider the change in lodgement of Qayoom.
On Dec 1, the High Court reserved the judgment in Qayoom’s application challenging the fresh FIR against him at Hiranagar police station.
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