The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday directed the government to respond to a plea seeking the shifting of the detained Kashmir Bar association president Mian Qayoom to Srinagar from Tihar Jail, where he is lodged, reported The Tribune.

The court also listed the main petition challenging Qayoom’s Public Safety Act (PSA) detention for final arguments on March 20,said the report.

These directions were passed by a division Bench of Ali Mohammad Magrey and Dhiraj Singh Tahakur , which has sought response within 10 days from the authorities on the plea seeking the shifting of Qayoom.

According to report published by The Tribune said that the application moved by Qayoom through his counsel, it has been submitted that the detained Bar president be shifted from Tihar Jail to Srinagar.

In its earlier direction on February 28, the High Court had directed the Tihar jail authorities to produce Miyan Abdul Qayum before the Medical Superintendent, AIIMS, at 11am on March 3 with further directions that the Medical Superintendent shall examine all records of the detenue and ensure that his complete medical examination was conducted, reported The Tribune.

In a separate application about the health of Qayoom, apprehensions were expressed in it by the detained bar president’s counsel and senior lawyer ZA Shah with regard to his health and court had, accordingly, sought a detailed response from the jail authorities concerned, said the report.

Qayoom was booked under the PSA on August 7, 2019, on the orders of the District Magistrate, Srinagar, to prevent him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order. He was directed to be lodged at Central Jail, Srinagar, from where he was shifted to District Jail, Agra, in Uttar Pradesh and then to Tihar Jail. During this time, the government has extended his PSA detention two times, reported The Tribune.


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