Release detainees suffering from cancer: HC

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Srinagar, Mar 26: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the authorities to release a detenue, suffering from cancer, in a local court here on March 31.

The court passed the directions on a petition filed by the detenue Muhammad Yaqoob through his counsel challenging his detention under Public Safety Act (PSA). The petition also prayed for compensation of Rs 10 lakhs illegal detention of Yaqoob, who lost his father when he was in jail. The High Court directed the authorities to produce him in person before the principle and sessions judge Srinagar and ensure his release on March 31.

The court said the state has no powers to invoke second PSA on the same grounds set aside by the court earlier. According to petition Yaqoob was arrested in 2006 and lodged in the Zakura Police Station under Arms Act. Later he was booked under PSA and shifted to Kot Balwal jail in Jammu.

However, the detention was challenged and court quashed his detention and ordered his release in March last year.

Yaqoob was later shifted to central jail since he was facing trail in the court of 3rd additional sessons judge here. However, despite being granted bail in July 2007, he was not released After the death of his father, his mother request to release him was turned down and instead he was again booked under PSA.

During the detention, Yaqoob was detected as a cancer patient.The High Court directed the state through Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to produce him in person before the principle and sessions court on March 31.

The court also directed that the principle and sessions judge should ensure his release in the court.


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