‘Let him watch daughter’s marriage through WhatsApp’: J&K HC rejects plea seeking parole for Jamaat Chief detained under PSA

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday rejected an application by the wife of Jamaat-e-Islami J&K chief, Dr Abdul Hameed, seeking his release on parole to attend the marriage ceremony of his daughter on September 3.  

However, a bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan directed jail authorities in Kathua, where Hameed is lodged under Public Safety Act since August 5, to allow him watch the marriage ceremony of his daughter on September 3 “through virtual mode.”    

The court’s rejection of the application followed government’s opposition against the release. 

Senior Additional Advocate General B.A.Dar submitted before court that a representation was submitted by Lateefa Bano to the Government for release of her husband on parole which was “not considered.”

Dar produced a copy of communication dated August 31 before the court.

“Perusal whereof reveals that a representation filed by Mst Lateefa Bano for release of detenu on parole, has not been considered,” the court said, adding, “In view of above, application on hand is rejected.”

However, the court said that the Superintendent District Jail Kathua, shall make arrangements to enable the detainee to watch the marriage ceremony of his daughter on September 3 “through virtual mode, WhatsApp mode or any other mode that would be available to the concerned authorities.” (GNS)

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