Lawyers` strike: Court work remains affected in Kashmir Valley

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 21:27

Srinagar: Work in courts across the
Kashmir Valley on Tuesday remained badly hit for the second
successive day due to the strike called by a lawyers` group
against the detention of its president.

The lawyers did not attended the courts, including the
state High Court, in response to the Kashmir High Court Bar
Association`s (KHCBA) two-day strike call.

The Association is demanding the immediate release of
president Mian Abdul Qayoom.

The lawyers, who sat on a dharna last Saturday, had
decided to go on strike against the detention of Qayoom in a
Kathua jail.

Although the courts were functional, the proceedings
in the cases could not be conducted, official sources said.

The lawyers alleged that Qayoom was being held in jail
on false charges and the government was not even honouring the
orders of the courts.

The KHCBA president, arrested in July last year, was
booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for his alleged
involvement in fuelling the last year`s summer protests.

The High Court quashed his detention under the PSA,
but the state government filed two separate cases against him
and lodged him at a Kathua jail in Jammu region.

Qayoom was granted bail by the trial court earlier
this week and was expected to be released Saturday. However,
the relatives of the Bar president were informed that he has
been slapped with a fresh case under the PSA.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 21:27

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