SRINAGAR, June 11: The High Court today asked the state government to file compliance report with regard to shifting of lodgment of separatist leader Masrat Alam from Kot Balwal Jammu jail to Central Jail Srinagar.
Meanwhile, sources said that the compliance report which has been already prepared by the government has stated that there is no threat to the life of Alam and he is being allowed to meet his relatives who visit the jail to see him.
However, the court has asked the government to submit the compliance report before registry by tomorrow and directed that the case be listed for hearing before the court after its vacations are over.
On June 2, the court had directed the State Government to shift the lodgment of Alam from Kot Balwal Jammu to Central Jail Srinagar.
Alam had recently approached court seeking directions to government that he be shifted to Kashmir jail, citing security reasons in the Jammu jail.
The separatist leader has said he was facing threat to his life in Kot Balwal jail, as the reward has been announced by an organisation for his life.
Hearing the plea, a single bench of Justice Husnain Masoodi had directed that Alam should not be lodged in a jail where he nurses feeling of constant threat to his life.
Court asked the State Government to consider shifting of Alam to Central Jail Srinagar or any of district jails of Kashmir province within ten days.
Citing newspaper reports, Alam’s lawyer had said that some “communal Hindu organizations had issued life threats to Alam and even announced a reward on his head”. He pleaded for his security and shifting to a safer jail in Kashmir Valley.
Alam was arrested on April 18, 2015, a day after he and Hurriyat-G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani were booked for “provocative actions” during a rally here.
The 45-year-old Alam, who heads a faction of Muslim League, was arrested from his Zaindar Mohalla residence by a police team and taken to the nearby Shaheed Gunj police station and then shifted to Kotebalwal Jammu.
Before his arrest, Alam had told reporters that rising of Pakistani flags and chanting pro-freedom slogans was not new and it had been happening here since 1947.
Alam was booked under 13 Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 147 (rioting), 341 (causing injury), 336 (attacking govt employee), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50 or more) of RPC by the police.
The government had justified Alam’s arrest on the grounds that he had led a crowd to raise anti-national slogans and hoist Pakistani flags.
“During investigation the video footage of the incident was examined and it was found that Masarat Alam was involved in leading the crowd to raise anti-national slogans and hoist Pak flags.
2015 Kashmir Despatch