Allow detenue to appear in exam: HC to government

J&K High Court directed government to make arrangements for a detenue from north Kashmir’s Sopore to appear in class-12 examination starting from September 22.

A bench of Justice Sanjay Dhar directed the authorities to facilitate Omar Akbar Mir of Brat Kalan Sopore to appear in the examination.   “I am of the view that a person under detention cannot be prevented from taking the examination unless there are pressing circumstances, which may even involve the security of the detenu itself,” justice Dhar said while allowing Omar’s plea.

Omar through his counsel advocate Bashir Ahmed Tak had filed an application before the court seeking direction for shifting him from District Jail Bhadarwah to District Jail
Baramulla or Central Jail Srinagar so that he could appear in the examination.

“In case the petitioner is not permitted to appear in the examination, he would lose one year of his career,” Tak submitted before the court.

Arrested on September 2 last year, Omar was subsequently booked under Public Safety Act on September 9.

The court listed the main petition on October 12 and asked the government to file counter.