Article 35A: KHCBA Forms 9-Member Team  

SRINAGAR — Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Saturday constituted a team of nine members who will remain present in the Supreme Court on 27 and 28 February when the cases relating to the scrapping of Articles 35-A and 370 of the constitution of India are likely to come up for consideration before the Apex Court. The members of the team are M. A. Qayoom (President KHCBA); Mohammad Ashraf Bhat (General Secretary); Bilal Ahmad Wani (Treasurer); Z. A. Shah (Senior Advocate); Z. A. Qureshi (Senior Advocate); Altaf Haqani (Advocate); Shabir Ahmad Budoo (Advocate); Nasir Ahmad Shalla (Advocate) and Syed Musaib (Advocate).

“In a meeting of the Executive Committee members held here today, it was stated that though the case is shown in the weekly list commencing from 26.02.2019 upto 28.02.2019 but as it has not been shown in the daily list issued for 26th of February, 2019, therefore, it is expected to come up for hearing on 27th and/or 28th of February,” reads a statement by lawyers’ body.

The members of the team have accordingly been asked to remain present before the Supreme Court on these two days, it said.

The Executive members also expressed their serious concern over the arrest and detention of Mohammad Yasin Malik, Chairman, JKLF and more than 200 activists of Jama’at-i-Islami including its Ameer Dr. Hamid Fayaz and Zahid Ali, Spokesman, ahead of the hearing of the case by the Supreme Court.

The lawyers’ body demanded that all those who have been “arbitrarily and illegally” arrested and detained in police stations, interrogation centres and jails should be set free forthwith as it is against the very basic fundamentals of freedom to arrest innocent people and lodge them in jails and or police stations in violation of their right to life and liberty.

“It was also decided that the shutdown call given by the pro-freedom leadership for 24 of February, 2019, should be supported and every one should be asked to make it successful so that a clear message goes to all those who regard and respects the human rights of the people.

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