Consider releasing IOK Bar chief if he doesn’t visit Kashmir, SC tells Modi Govt

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday asked the Narendra Modi government to consider an early release for Mia Abdul Qayoom, president of the High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir, before his detention period expires on 6th August if he agrees not to visit Kashmir or issue any statement there till 7th August.

Mian Abdul Qayoom was booked under draconian PSA in August, last year. After his detention, he was initially lodged in Central Jail, Srinagar, wherefrom he was shifted to Agra jail in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He was, then, shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail after he suffered a heart attack in Agra jail.

A Supreme Court bench, led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, “We are trying to work out a workable arrangement. The government may have some apprehensions to release him due to the approaching date. Are you willing to release him if he doesn’t go there (Kashmir) till the seventh, agrees to stay in Delhi and not release any statements?”

Tushar Mehta agreed to come back with a response on 29 July.