Asks him to shun his separatist ideology to secure his release
Srinagar, May 28: Dismissing the appeal by Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) president Mian Abdul Qayoom against his arrest under Public Safety Act (PSA), J&K High Court on Thursday suggested him to file a declaration that he had shunned his ideology for securing his release from detention.
Mian Qayoom, presently lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, had filed an appeal in the High Court (HC) against his detention under PSA in August 2019 when the Centre abrogated special status of the state and divided it into two Union Territories (UTs).
A Division Bench of the HC comprising Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey after hearing arguments from both sides dismissed the appeal of Mian Qayoom.
The bench upheld his prolonged administrative detention since August 2019 by dismissing his appeal against the Single Bench order dated February 2, 2020 and his detention under the PSA.
However, the Bench suggested that his lawyer submit a representation declaring that KHCBA president Mian Qayoom had “shunned” his ideology while also leaving it to the “discretion” of the government authorities concerned “to take a decision” on any such representation.