Seizure of calendar, diaries of TeH

HC reserves decision

D A RASHID

Srinagar, Apr 10: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday reserved decision on the petition challenging the seizure of calendars and diaries published by Syed Ali Geelani led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH ).
 A bench of justice Hasnain Massodi reserved the verdict after hearing arguments of Geelani’s Counsel, Mian Abdul Qayoom and Additional Advocate General, Shabir Ahmad Vakil represented the state.
 In the petition, Tehreek-e- Hurriyat has submitted that publication of the calendars and diaries “does not attract the offence under unlawful activities act as the material contain nothing aimed at spreading hatred.”
 Qayoom argued before the court that the verses from Holy Quran written on the calendar does not amount to sedition saying the lines carry wisdom and advice.
 He pleaded that the seizure of the calendars is violation of article 19 of the constitution which guarantees freedom of expression and speech as well as of Article 25, which guaranties to preach, profess, and propagate religion saying the ban amounts to violation of other constitutional provisions also.
 He said unlawful activities act will not apply in the case as the publication of calendars does not fall under it.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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