Yasin Malik court appearance: Tihar jail suspends four officers

Muhammad Yasin Malik, [File Photo]

New Delhi: A day after physical appearance of jailed Hurriyat leader and JKLF chief Yasin Malik in the Supreme Court with the Delhi Prisons Department saying there was a “prima facie lapse” on the part of some officials, the Tihar Jail administration has suspended four officers.

The suspended officials include Deputy Superintendent, and two Assistant Superintendents, according to prison officials.

“Today, Yasin Malik was produced physically in the Supreme Court by the officials of Delhi’s Tihar Central Jail no. 7 and prima facie it was observed that it was a lapse on the part of concerned Jail officials,” officials said on Friday.

Drawing flak over the issue, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also wrote a letter to Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, flagging the issue of security of Malik.

Yasin Malik, who is serving a life sentence in Tihar Jail in a militancy funding case, was presented before the top court for a hearing on a CBI plea against Jammu court order.

Stating that Yasin Malik’s presence in Supreme Court was a serious security lapse raising apprehension that he could have escaped, forcibly taken away or could have been killed, Mehta said, “It is my firm view that this is a serious security lapse.”

“In any view of the matter so long as the order under section 268 of CrP Code subsists, jail authorities had no power to bring him out of jail premises nor did they have any reason to do so,” the SG said.

The Solicitor General further said that considering this to be a matter serious enough to once again bring it to your personal notice so that suitable action and steps can be taken at your end.

In the letter, it was mentioned about an order passed by the Ministry of Home Affairs with regard to the said Yasin Malik under section 268 Criminal Code of Procedure which prevents the jail authorities to bring him out of the jail.

“Everyone was shocked when news was received that the jail authorities are bringing Yasin Malik personally to appear before the Supreme Court as per his desire to appear as party in person,” he said.

The letter also mentioned about SG had telephonically intimated Home Secretary about this fact, however, by that time Yasin Malik had already reached the precincts of the Supreme Court of India.

Neither the Court had summoned his personal presence nor was any permission taken from any authority of the Supreme Court of India in this regard.

“When I enquired from the officer who was in charge of the security of Yasin Malik in the Supreme Court, the only thing he could show me was a printed notice in a general format of the Supreme Court which is sent with regard to every party to any matter in the Court. The said printed notice informs the recipients of the notice to appear before the Court either in person or through an authorised Advocate,” the SG said.

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