IIOJK HCBA expresses concern over detainees’ plight in jails

Srinagar, August 12 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political detainees lodged in different jails of the territory and India.

The HCBA in a statement issued in Srinagar said that hundreds of people, booked under draconian law Public Safety Act (PSA), have been lodged hundreds and thousands of miles away from their homes.

It appealed to the National Human Rights Commission of India and International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene and shift these detainees back to the jail nearest to their homes. The faraway lodgement in outside jails has resulted in grave injustice as they are deprived of legal consultation, it added.

The HCBA also expressed concern over the huge pendency of habeas corpus petitions for want of hearing before the benches. The Bar Association took up time and again this grave concern with the present Chief Justice of the High Court with the request to ensure fast track proceedings in liberty matters but didn’t find the desired response to the request, it said, adding still it pins hopes for the better and speedy disposal of liberty matters by the courts.

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