PSA on Prisoners: India Overruling Her Own Apex Court Directives,Says Geelani


SRINAGAR —Criticizing authorities for their ‘rude and heartless’ approach against the  detainees, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said that they are ‘needlessly harassing and intimidating’ prisoners on one pretext or the other.

Ridiculing and referring to the State Administrative Council (SAC) proposal to delete a provision in the PSA that barred state authorities from lodging J& K residents in outside state jails, “Geelani said the ‘callous’ approach reflects the mindset and their ‘prejudice’ against the prisoners, detained under infamous Public Safety Act.

Condemning the ‘despotic’ attitude of state authorities, Syed Ali Geelani, cautioned people about the detrimental proposals of New Delhi and their puppets and asked to conjointly fight against this lawlessness and remain watchful.

They are even denying the directives of their supreme court wherein the court ruling lays that a prisoner should be kept in a jail as near as possible to the place of residence of his family, Geelani added.

The families and their children are badly suffering as the detainees are lodged in outside state jails and despite court rulings, hundreds of those detained were unnecessarily shifted, thus facing adverse situations and scorning and harsh temperatures.

Lashing at authorities, for their rhetoric for being a great democracy, Syed Ali Geelani said Geelani said that    India is claiming to be a great democracy in world, however all its claims are proving hollow and instead they follow their bigoted dogma and their approach is quite barbaric and haughty. Judiciary too in India is bias, said Geelani, saying people don’t trust or believe in Indian judiciary for its prejudicial and bias approach.

Citing the cases where in Indian judiciary failed to deliver justice, Geelani said that the cases related to Shaheed Maqbool Bhat, Shaheed Afzal Guru, rape and murder of Asifa, Asiya, Nilofer double murder and rape case, human shield case (Farooq Ahmad Dar) and added that these   are glaring example of bias approach, saying ‘’We have bitter experience that Indian judiciary instead of delivering justice and bringing culprits to book, is providing safe passage to the accused.

Pro-freedom leader said that it is heart wrenching that several innocents were detained for long periods against frivolous charges. During their detention they were even denied bail, though later court acquitted them and declared innocents.

Syed Ali Geelani expressed his anguish over deteriorating condition of detainees ,  saying that the treatment meted out to them is agonizing and nowhere existing in civilized societies and  in his appeal to the Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organisations for human rights to take cognizance of the plight of these detainees and use influence for their release and impressed international community to break their silence and help and rescue political prisoners, saying that they were arrested in fake and fabricated charges and their detention is being prolonged on one pretext or the other and PSA slapped one after the other.

Don’t shift prisoners to outside jails: Tarigami

CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigam Tuesday urged the Governor administration to reconsider its decision taken in State Administrative Council (SAC) regarding shifting of prisoners detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) to outside state jails.

In a statement issued to KNS, Tarigami said that the SAC has cleared a proposal to delete a provision in the PSA that barred authorities from lodging J&K residents in outside state jails.

“Our position has been consistent on the PSA that it is draconian law and contradictory to justice system. There are enough provisions in existing laws where a person can be kept under preventive detention. There is no need of harsher laws like PSA in a democratic setup,” he said.

“There are instances where persons have been detained multiple times under the PSA even after courts released them. We had brought a bill in the Assembly to amend the PSA and remove harsher clauses in it. But unfortunately, then government didn’t allow it to happen,” he said.

The CPI (M) leader said that once the prisoners detained under PSA are shifted to outside state jails, it will cause lot of incontinence to their families. We urge the Governor to reconsider the SAC decision regarding “The Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2018.” (KNS)

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