Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez released from jail

Yuvraj Sakhare | November 30, 2016 5:07 pm Print
Kashmiri human rights activist was Khurram Parvez released on Wednesday after spending 76 days in Kotbalwal prison in Jammu.

Kashmiri human rights activist was Khurram Parvez released on Wednesday after spending 76 days in Kotbalwal prison in Jammu.

Parvez was arrested from his home in Srinagar on September 16 and was booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a day after he was barred from boarding a flight to Geneva from Delhi Airport for a United Nations meeting.

On September 21, he was taken into preventive custody for the second time.

Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) said that Parvez was released following the quashing of his preventive detention by the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, on 25th November 2016. However, he was kept in jail for days after the ruling because of a ‘minor error’ in the issue date of PSA warrant on his name.

The date of detention in the Public Safety Act warrant was wrongly mentioned as September 19, instead of September 21. The jail authorities had stated that they would require a formal corrigendum from the court before they can release Parvez.

J&K High Court on Friday had termed the detention of human rights activist Khurram Parvez under Public safety Act “not only illegal” but “abuse of power”.

Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar while ordering Parvez’s release had said, “Though it is the duty of the State and its authorities to maintain peace in the society but it is equally their responsibility to ensure that laws, which they invoke to achieve such purpose, are followed and complied with honestly”.

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