SC seeks J-K govt’s reply on plea of Mian Qayoom challenging his detention

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The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to administration of Jammu and Kashmir on a petition filed by J-K High Court bar association leader Mian Abdul Qayoom challenging his detention.

Mr.Qayoom is detained under Public Safety Act since August 7 last year. The  76- years-old is the longest surviving president of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association who is a diabetic patient surviving on a single kidney.

According to a report by news gathering agency Press Trust of India, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai issued notice to the UT’s administration and sought its reply by the first week of the reopening of the top court.

Senior advocates Dushyant Dave and Vrinda Grover, appearing for Mr. Qayoom, told PTI that they have challenged the order of the High Court which had upheld his detention under the J-K Public Safety Act.

The bench also passed an interim direction for providing some daily essentials to him while in detention at Tihar Jail.
In March this year, the Law Society of England and Wales had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing “grave concern” over the continued detention of Mian Abdul Qayoom.

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