Srinagar: An Lashkar-e-Toiba militant
facing trial in several high-profile cases wants to write the
civil services exams.
A local court in Srinagar directed the superintendent of
Central Jail Srinagar to facilitate the "applicant" Shabir
Ahmad Bukhari in submitting his form.
"You are hereby directed to facilitate the
applicant/accused Shabir Ahmad Bukari to submit his form for
civil services in accordance with the jail manual," Srinagar
District Judge Sanjeev Gupta said in an order to the central
jail authorities last week.
Bukhari, a resident of Kreeri village in north
Kashmir`s Baramulla district and a law graduate, has earlier
applied twice in the state civil services.
He once cleared the preliminary exams but could not
sit for the mains as he reached the examination centre late
due to non-availability of escort party.
Bukhari was arrested in 2006 and has six cases of
militancy filed against him including plotting to kill former
Minister of State for Education Ghulam Nabi Lone.
He is also facing trial on charges of planning a
suicide attack in Srinagar during Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s visit to the Valley in 2004.
A senior jail official, on condition of anonymity,
said Bukhari will be provided with books and newspapers.