Court supports alleged LeT man's IAS quest

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Jammu Kashmir
Srinagar, Mar 23: The Indian is infamously slow, but the consideration it shows to the under-trials is probably unmatched any where in the world. The large-hearted gesture it often pours on the under-trials in some way or the other often compensates for the snail-pace at which justice is meted out. Another case of such magnanimous act wherein everyone is guaranteed his rights, irrespective of their criminal status is Shabir Ahmad Bukhari, an alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist.

According to a report published in the Times of India, a local court in Jammu and Kashmir has asked the superintendent of the Srinagar Central Jail to facilitate Bukhari in the submission of the form of the civil services examination.

The daily has quoted district magistrate Srinagar, Sanjeev Gupta as saying in his order, "You are hereby directed to facilitate Shabir Ahmad Bukhari to submit his form for the IAS in accordance with the jail manual."

The daily has also reported Mir Urfi, Bukhari's counsel as saying that Bukhari had previously appeared twice for the Kashmir Administrative services while reaching the interview level once and in the second instance failing to appear for the main exam due to the delay in reaching the centre caused due to the unavailability of an escort party.

Bukhari, a law graduate was arrested in 2006 and the police had filed as many as six cases against him. His counsel was quoted by the Times of India as saying, "He was aquited in one case, got bailed out in two and is facing trial in three other cases."

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