Masrat’s Release Continues to Dominate the Parliament Proceedings

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The release of Hurriyat leader Masrat Alam Bhat from jail after more than four years continuously dominated the proceedings of the parliament on Wednesday.

The Congress again raised the issue in the Lok Sabha arguing that the decision was taken before the formation of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Raising the issue during zero hour, Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindia said two letters have surfaced that point to the fact that the detention order had lapsed one month ago and the decision to not renew the detention was taken before the coalition government was sworn in.

“There was a letter from the district magistrate that says that he (Masrat Alam) should be released. At that time, there was Governor’s rule in the state. That means that the central government was responsible for the administration there,” Scindia said.

He added “If the government wanted, they could have issued another detention order. This proves that the release was done with the knowledge of the central government.”

Responding to this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said: “This is a serious issue and we should not politicise it.”

Naidu said that Home Minister Rajnath Singh would soon make a statement on the issue in the house.

The release of Masrat Alam, a Hurriyat leader in Jammu and Kashmir is continuously dominating the proceedings of both houses of parliament since Monday.

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