New Delhi, Mar 12: Against the backdrop of uproar over release of separatist leader Masarat Alam, Jammu and Kashmir government has told the Centre that his activities are under watch and legal action will be taken if anything adverse comes to notice.
Giving this information to Parliament today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre has issued an advisory to the state asking it to pursue "vigorously" all the 27 criminal cases against him and take steps to challenge orders granting him bail.
Singh made identical suo motu statements in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on an issue that recently had snowballed into a major controversy and created strains between BJP and its ruling coalition partner PDP in the state.
"The state government has... informed that a proper system is in place to have an effective surveillance of Masarat Alam Bhat's activities. As and when anything adverse surfaces, appropriate action as envisaged by law will be taken.
"The intelligence apparatus and local police work in tandem, thereby facilitating planning of advance and adequate deployment of law and order components for maintenance of peace and order in areas likely to be visited by Masarat Alam Bhat and other separatist elements," Singh said citing a fresh report sent by the Mufti Sayeed government to the Centre.
He said the Home Ministry has issued to Jammu and Kashmir government an advisory which says, "A close surveillance must be ensured on such of the activities of Masarat Alam Bhat and his other associates and followers, which are detrimental to the public order or the unity and integrity of the country in general and the state of Jammu and Kashmir in particular."
He said the state government has also been told that all 27 criminal cases registered against Masarat Alam Bhat "should be pursued vigorously and steps should be taken as per law to challenge the orders pertaining to the grant of bail to him in such cases."