HC asks Government to consider release of Sagar

J&K High Court Friday asked the government to consider release of General Secretary, National Conference, Ali Muhammad Sagar, on health grounds raised in his plea.  

A bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan asked the government to consider release of Sagar on the basis of averments made in his application “more particularly with regard to the health grounds”.

The court sought a report in this regard by next date of hearing.

The application filed along a habeas corpse petition states that the petitioner, an old aged person, is suffering from hypertension and orthopaedic complications.  “The applicant has developed a severe cardio vascular ailment during his detention since August 6.”

Sagar was represented by his counsel Advocate Shuja ul Haq.

The applicant was operated upon twice at SKIMS Soura during his detention. Since he has pre-existing “serious” medical conditions as such is most susceptible to coronavirus infection, the application states.

It says, “The petitioner has a reasonable apprehension that in case he is not shifted to home quarantine, he may fall prey to the deadly virus.

“As per the World Health Organization advisory, older persons and those suffering from pre-existing medical conditions can be seriously affected by Covid-19 therefore, petitioner is at a very high risk while under detention and either needs to be set-free or temporarily put under house detention.”

Sagar has challenged his detention under PSA besides seeking Rs 10 crore compensation for his “illegal detention”.