‘Will fight to prove innocence of my son’
Srinagar, July 18: Sheikh Ghulam Nabi, father of Sheikh Farhat, who was awarded life imprisonment by Kolkatta Court earlier this week, on Thursday said he would approach the higher court to seek justice for his son.
Recalling the day when his son was picked up by the police, Ghulam Nabi said: “Some policemen arrived at our home on December 16, 2003. They asked for Farhat and said that he is only required for some questioning at Police Station Parimpora and would be let off shortly.”
He said that police detained Farhat for 11 days without stating any reason. “I was in Jammu those days. After I heard that Farhat had been picked up I rushed back. I approached the Police who informed me that there are no serious allegations against him and he would be set free soon,” said Ghulam Nabi.
Farhat was handed over to Kolkatta Police on December 27, 2003. “I was surprised when Kolkata Police in the court claimed that Farhat was arrested from Sher-e-Kashmir Park in Srinagar. Police in charge sheet claimed that the truck was seized on September 3, 2003 with some ammunition.”
He said that his son had returned to Kashmir from Kolkata in June/July 2003 and was staying with family permanently as he had been unable to work in high degree temperature there.
“Everyman of prudence will say there is no nexus between seizing of truck in Kolkata and charging my son for the offence under Arms Act who was staying in the Valley. The fundamental principal of justice is that justice should not be only delivered but it should be seen to have been delivered,” he said. “Even the so called Arms Act is being used with double standards by Indian judiciary. Sanjay Dutt was awarded six-year imprisonment under the same Act but two Kashmiris were given life imprisonment,” he added.
He said that it was in January 2003 his son was informed about the charges leveled against him and charge sheet was produced in the court of law, adding, “JK police had communicated to Kolkata police that there was nothing adverse against Farhat in police records in JK.”
“We will challenge the verdict in High Court. There is no evidence against my son neither there is any corroboration between seizing of truck in Kolkata with arms and arresting someone here for its possession,” said beleaguered Ghulam Nabi.
Appealing international community and human rights organizations to intervene into the matter he said: “Let us fight for justice where a common Kashmiri has to prove his innocence before Indian judiciary.”
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