High Court Bar Association Seeks Release Of Its President, Others


The J&K High Court Bar Association on Wednesday said it would urge the committee constituted on directions of Supreme Court to order the release of all J&K detenues and political prisoners lodged in and outside the Union Territory.

In a statement the Association said in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the executive members of J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar today resolved to impress upon the “high-powered” committee, constituted on the directives of Supreme Court, to order the release of all the detenues and political prisoners lodged in and outside J&K including its president Mian Abdul Qayoom who is lodged in Tihar jail Delhi.

“Since the jails throughout India are mostly overcrowded, therefore, the Supreme Court noticing the potential threat to the lives of inmates, particularly those suffering from diabetes, hypertension and other life-threatening diseases, who have been found more susceptible to become victims of COVID-19,” said the statement.

“The Bar members noticing that their President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, who is in his advanced age surviving on a single kidney, suffering from multiple chronic ailments which include diabetes, hypertension, severe nerve damage, 60 percent blockage in one of the arteries of heart, resulting in his frail immune system, is more prone to become a victim of the deadly virus with minimal chances of his survival,” the statement said.

“The Bar Association was also provided with inputs by the family members of detainees, lodged in jails outside Kashmir, that due to current lockdown family members are not in a position to have a meeting with detainees who have reportedly fallen short of summer clothing and permissible amount of money for daily utilities, therefore in order to mitigate the sufferings of inmates it is being impressed upon administration, till a decision with regard to their release is taken, to facilitate such meeting of family members of detainees immediately and forthwith,” it added.

The Bar members also resolved to make a fervent appeal to the authorities that all these detenues/undertrial political prisoners including Mian Abdul Qayoom be released immediately and forthwith.

“It was also stated that as per jail manual the detainees could be classified as undertrial prisoners entitled to secure benefits of Supreme Court direction per law the persons lodged under PSA are deemed to be undertrial prisoner, as they have been detained on mere apprehension. Therefore, there should be no excuse for the authorities for not releasing them,” Bar said.

“The members were unanimous in saying that in case any mishap in any jail on account of the COVID-19, same would be the sole responsibility of the concerned authorities,” the statement said.


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