SC seeks JK Administration’s reply on plea of HCBA President challenging his detention

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The Supreme Court of India has issued a notice to JK Administration seeking their reply in response to the plea filed by the JK Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom in which he challenged the High Court’s decision to continue his preventive detention.

The notice was issued on Friday when a two-judge Vacation Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai took up the plea via video conferencing.

Advocate Dushyant Dave and Vrinda Grover, appearing for Qayoom, have challenged the order of the high Court which had upheld his detention under the J-K Public Safety Act.

The court, however, has permitted an interim relief in the form of summer clothing to be provided to the lawyer who has been upheld under detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) since the month of August 2019 when article 370 was abrogated.

On 29th May, the J&K High court refused to consider Qayoom’s habeas Corpus plea and upheld his detention saying that his conduct should affirm that he has “shunned his ideology.”

Qayoom in his plea argues that he is more than 70 years old and suffering from life-threatening heart ailments with arterial blockade to the 55-60% and uncontrollable blood sugar apart from living with a single kidney that is further aggravated by urethral structure.

The plea reads, “furthermore, because of the bullet injury sustained in 1995, the detenu suffered cervical vertebral column injury and there is a degeneration in cervical and limb spine for which the detenu is on medication.”


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