Bar to challenge HC decision on usage of Pellet guns, Pepper gas

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA), has decided to file three review petitions against the High Court order dismissing the Public Interest Litigations (PIL) on usage of pellet guns and pepper gas by forces in Kashmir.

Talking to KNS, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, general secretary HCBA said the decision was taken in executive committee of the Bar Association in consultation with the Advisory Committee, wherein a team was constituted comprising Z. A. Shah, Z. A. Qureshi, Altaf Haqani, Arshid Andrabi,  Sajad Geelani, Aijaz Ahmad Dar, Mian Tufail and  Nasir Qadri.

Bhat told Kashmir News Service, that the committee has been asked to file the three review petitions before the High court by or before November 29, 2013 and also explore the possibilities of filing cases on behalf of the legal heirs of those who have sustained pellet injuries and have later died as a result of that.

The Bar has also decided to call a meeting of prominent religious scholars, preachers and leaders to discuss the future course of action in the matter of filing a Latters Patent Appeal in case titled Sanjay Tikoo versus State and others, wherein a Learned Single Judge of the High Court has held that in India it is only “Indianism” which has to exist and all other “isms” have to disappear from the firmament of the country called India, Bhat informed.

Meanwhile, Bar has condemned the attack and ransacking of the house of L.A. Latif Advocate of Murran Pulwama by certain anti-social elements of his village Murran, Pulwama and demanded that action as warranted by law be taken against the culprits at the earliest and the life and property of the said advocate be protected from the onslaught of those anti-social elements who have threatened his life.

Bhat told KNS that Bar also condemned the attack and beating of Mr. Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Advocate, by certain police personnel at Tourist Reception Centre Srinagar when he was on his way to court. The advocate was attacked and beaten by the police constables without he being at any fault and without any provocation. Even though the matter had been brought to the notice of the District Magistrate Srinagar and Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar by the said advocate, but reportedly no action was taken against the culprits by the high-ups, to the dismay of the said advocate.

Bhat told Kashmir News Service, that a writ petition was also filed in the High Court today against the attack on L. A. Latif Advocate and of ransacking of his house by certain goons of his village. “While admitting the writ petition which was filed by S. H. Thakur Advocate on behalf of L. A. Latif Advocate as his next friend, the court was pleased to direct SSP Pulwama to register case against those culprits who had attacked and ransacked the house of the said advocate on 11.11.2013 and besides threatening him of death, had also blocked his entry to the house on both sides and looted his property in the house and did not allow him to move out of the house for getting his ailing parents treated for about three days.”

Bhat told KNS, the High Court also directed the District Magistrate Pulwama to remove the obstruction from the road leading to the house of the said advocate, so that he is able to take his ailing parents out of the house for treatment as and when required.

“The SSP Pulwama was also directed to provide protection to the advocate and his family and both District Magistrate and SSP Pulwama were directed to comply with the court order by tomorrow. Keeping in view the urgency involved in the matter Mr. R. A. Khan, AAG, was also directed to accept notice on behalf of the official respondents and get the orders passed in the matter complied with by tomorrow. The case is to come up for further proceedings before the court, tomorrow.”

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