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Sringar, Nov 19 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir High Court has given one weeks time to authorities to indicate steps taken to provide requisite medical care to ailing Peoples Political Party (PPP) chairman Hilal Ahmad War detained under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Meanwhile, War, who is suffering from Kidney and eye problems, was taken to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura for medical check-up from central jail here today.

The court directed the District Magistrate, Srinagar, and Superintendent of jail, who had appeared in person before it, to give full details about the steps taken for treating Mr War.

The court had directed them to appear in person in the court in connection with a case filed by War, who was arrested on July 26,2008 at Maisuma for his alleged anti-national activities.

Mr War in his application sought direction to state and its functionaries for referring him to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi for treatment of his eye and kidney ailments.

The court rejected the request of the government that they should be given two weeks time to reply. However, court directed them to reply within a week.

The court in its earlier order had said the respondents were afforded opportunity to file objections to this application. They, it said, have opted not to respond to it.

The petitioner's application is supported by certificates issued by government SMHS hospital which supports his submission that he has been suffering from kidney stone and retinal detachment.

The court had said it hardly needs to be emphasized that when a person is in the custody of the state, it is required to take requisite measures to ensure that proper treatment, if needed, is made available to him.

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