Bandipore Man Seeks 10 Cr Damages for Repeated Arrests

SRINAGAR: A local court Bandipore has directed a senior revenue official to provide details of bank account of Abdul Samad Malla alias Inquilabi, chairman Islami Tanzeem-e- Azadi (ITeA) who has demanded Rs ten crore for the alleged loss, injury, pain and harassment due to his repeated arrests by police.

The court of Principal District Judge Bandipore has directed Tehsildar, Sumbal, to file the bank account details of Inquilabi by February 28,2014.

Inquilabi, in his suit for damages, has said that due to his repeated arrests under Public Safety Act, TADA and other Acts during the past 20 years, his domestic condition has been affected adversely.

He said he has lost all abilities and potential to work for material gains and illegal confinements, intimidation, surveillance and other repressive and oppressive actions have miserably effected his body and mind.

Therefore, Inquilabi said, the state is under an obligation to provide compensation for the wrong committed by the functionaries (police).

Accordingly a demand of Rs ten crores is raised in lump sum for the liquidated and unliquidated damages together with exemplary costs for the loss, injury, pain, agony and harassment being suffered by him. The vicarious liability is accordingly enforceable against the state, he said in the case.

However, the court directed Tehsildar, Sumbal and other revenue officials to provide full details about the movable and immovable property besides bank balance of Inquilabi.

The revenue officials in their report on September 30,2013 has confirmed that Inquilabi does not own any land, house or immovable property. However, the father of Inquilabi owns land.

The concerned tehsildar has not filed any report about bank account of Inquilabi.

The report said that he often remains out of his fathers house in connection with religious, political and social activities and he is associated with ITeA.

The court directed the Tehsildar, Sumbal, to file the report by February 28 details of bank account of Inquilabi.

He has made Jammu and Kashmir State, through Chief secretary and Director General of Police as respondents in the case.

Inquilabi said during the past 20 years, he was arrested more than 35 times under PSA, TADA and other laws. UNI 

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