‘Constitute board of doctors to examine Dr Faktoo at Central Jail’
High Court Directs MS Bone And Joints Hospital
D A RASHID
Srinagar, Dec 26: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Wednesday directed the Medical Superintendent of Bone and Joints Hospital at Barzulla here to constitute a board of doctors to examine the Muslim League Chairman Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo at Central Jail Srinagar.
Seeking directions for his medical check-up, Dr Faktoo has moved an application before the Court stating that he has been suffering from backache and needed immediate treatment.
A division bench of High Court Comprising Justice Virender Singh and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar while passing orders on the petition held that on the advice of the team of doctors, further treatment shall be provided to Dr Faktoo.
Senior Additional Advocate General, A M Magray submitted a communication letter from Superintendent Central Jail Srinagar in the court wherein it was stated that his office had approached Physiotherapy department at SKIMS Srinagar for conducting physiotherapy of Faktoo but Faktoo wished that he be examined at the Bone and Joints Hospital.
Dr Qasim was first detained in 1993 under the Public Safety Act. However, after six years of imprisonment, a TADA court acquitted him of all the charges. Police later rearrested him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi in 2002 after attending a conference on Kashmir in London.
In 2003 he was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of his alleged involvement in murder of human rights activist, H N Wanchoo. Faktoo had denied the charges.
Earlier, a bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court had directed to release him in 90 days. The government had challenged the decision in division bench and in September 2011, the division bench observed that TADA convict can’t be released prematurely after 14 years. The division bench said the case be considered only after the imprisonment of 20 years.
A Bench of High Court has recently dismissed Dr Faktoo’s plea seeking his release on the grounds that he has served 20 years in jail. The Court ruled life imprisonment means detention for the whole life.
Faktoo has challenged the decision of the Single Bench in an appeal before the Division Bench which has issued notice to the government for its response. Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom represented Faktoo.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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