Gautam Navlakha approaches High Court
Seeks Directions To Govt For His Free Movement
Srinagar, Aug 16: Eminent human rights activist Gautam Navlakha has filed a writ petition in Jammu and Kashmir High Court challenging the order passed by District Magistrate Budgam in May this year imposing restrictions on his movements.
His counsel Parvez Imroz pleaded that the petitioner visited Jammu and Kashmir State on May 28, 2011 but was detained at the Srinagar Airport and forced to visit some police station.
The counsel for the petitioner has further pleaded in the petition that Navlakha was confined in the police station for a night.
He pleaded that in the morning the social activist was deported to Delhi and was told that District Magistrate Budgam has imposed restrictions under section 144 Cr Pc , vide his order no. DMB /PA/ 2011/ 684-93 dated 28-05-2011.
He has sought from the court compensation and exemplary damages which he said would be fixed by the court.
The petitioner has also prayed for a direction to the government and its functionaries not to hinder his endeavour to visit the state in future at any time unless they are able to give good reason for their action by referring to some statutory law.
District Magistrate Budgam on May 28, 2011, imposed restrictions on the movement of Gautam Navlakha in district Budgam through an order which said his visit may disturb peace in the valley.
“It has appeared that Shri Gautam Navlakha, a social activist is going to visit the valley on May 28, 2011 and his visit may give rise to disturbance of public tranquillity or riot or an affray in the areas of Budgam,” reads the order passed by the District Magistrate.
The order imposing restrictions under section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code also said social activists like Navlakha create a situation which affects the peace and tranquillity in the society and create disturbance to the civic amenities of the people.
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