Farooq and Umar knocked on HC's door for release of 16 NC leaders detained

Farooq and Umar knocked on HC's door for release of 16 NC leaders detained

Srinagar. The National Conference (NC) on Monday approached the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, requesting early release of 16 members of the party illegally detained in their homes since August 5 last year . The Center had announced the withdrawal of special status of the erstwhile state on August 5 last year. According to a statement released by the party, NC Speaker and Lok Sabha member Farooq Abdullah and NC Vice President Omar Abdullah filed habeas corpus petitions challenging the unconstitutional and illegal detention of senior leaders and officials. 

According to the statement, former Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah has petitioned for the release of Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Nasir Aslam Wani, Aga Syed Mahmood, Mohammad Khalil Band, Irfan Shah and Sahim Firdaus. His son and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has challenged the detention of Mohammed Shafi Uri, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Mubarak Gul, Vashir Veeri, Abdul Majeed Larami, Basharat Bukhari, Saifuddin Bhat and Mohammed Shafi. Senior advocate Sharik Riaz has filed petitions on behalf of the two leaders.

Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said party members have been kept under constant arrest after being released from custody under strict public safety law. It was decided to move the High Court to provide relief to those members. He said, "Detention without any administrative order is illegal and it undermines human rights and personal liberty." 

The spokesperson hoped that the court would provide relief to his colleagues who have been facing trouble since repealing the provisions of Article 370, Article 35A of the Constitution on August 5, 2019, without any fault. He said, "This was the only way left for us." We hope that the court will uphold the civil liberties of our allies, most of whom are not well.