HPC asked to examine submissions of counsel on PSA detainees

The J&K High Court today asked the High Powered Committee constituted under Supreme Court directives, to examine submissions made by an advocate regarding the detainees booked under Public Safety Act.

The direction came after advocate Salih Pirzada, representing petitioner in one of the PILs that were heard by the High Court, submitted that the High Powered Committee constituted by the J&K Government has “overlooked the aspect of detenues detained under PSA”.

Pirzada submitted that the order of the SC makes a reference only to prisoners without specifying the provision of law under which they may have been imprisoned.

While hearing through video conference two Public Interest litigations related to Covid-19 in J&K, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Oswal asked advocate Pirzada  to place his submissions by e-mail to M K Sharma, member secretary J&K State Legal Services Authority and one of the members of the High Powered Committee.

The Court asked Sharma to place the “submissions” before the High Powered Committee for urgent examination and deal with the issues pointed out.

“The High Powered Committee shall keep in view the urgency of the entire matter” the court said.

In keeping with the SC directions, the J&K government has constituted the High Powered Committee comprising Justice Rajesh Bindal Executive Chairperson, JKSLSA and its Chairman Shaleen Kabra, Secretary Home, B K Singh, DGP (Prisons) and  M K Sharma, Member Secretary, JKSLSA. The committee in its two orders has made several directions vis-a-vis the release of prisoners to de-congest the jails in view of the Covid-19.