Indian SC defers hearing on Mian Qayoom’s plea to July 27

The Indian Supreme Court (SC) has deferred the hearing on petition against the illegal detention of President of High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir, Mian Abdul Qayoom to July 27.

Mian Abdul Qayoom was booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act in August, last year. After his detention under the PSA, he was initially lodged in Central Jail Srinagar where from 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 the Agra jail.

The hearing was adjourned against his illegal detention after Solicitor-General, Tushar Mehta said that the issue was under consideration of the authorities concerned. “Soon we will have a reply from the authorities concerned,” Mehta told a Bench headed by Justice SK Kaul.

On behalf of Qayoom, senior counsel, Dushyant Dave opposed Mehta’s request for adjournment. “If required the learned Solicitor-General can secure instructions within 24 hours. I am willing to argue on merit,” Dave said, adding, “Habeas Corpus petitions cannot be delayed and dragged in this manner.”