State-wide strike called by J&K Bar Association on May 10
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 08, 2010, 15:46
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) on Saturday called for a state-wide strike on Monday, coinciding with the opening of Civil Secretariat and ther move offices here after six months.

"We appeal people to observe a complete strike on May 10 to protest collapse of judiciary, maltreatment metted out to political prisoners in and outside jails and veiled attempts to change the demographic position and identity of the state," JKHCBA President Mian Abdul Qayoom told reporters here.

Questioning role of Judiciary in the state, Qayoom who was flanked by presidents of all district Bar Associations, said "the judges posted in the high court and its subordinate courts have made mokery of the justice system."

"They have failed to deliver justice to political prisoners who are languishing in jails for years together," he said.

He referred to detention of senior separatist leaders like Shabir Ahmad Shah, Masarat Aalam, Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Mohammad Yosuf Mir and Bilal Sidique under Public Safety Act (PSA) in this context.

He said the PSA was promulgated by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah led National Conference government in 1978 with a pledge that it would be used to check timber smuggling.

"During the last 20 years (of turmoil), over 50,000 people were booked under the PSA which is being misued in the state," he said.

He also questioned police role while seeking remand of the arrested persons. "Instead of producing the arrested person before the judicial magistrate for remand,police secretly seek the remand from executive magistrates who have no authority," the JKHCBA president said.


First Published: Saturday, May 08, 2010, 15:46

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