Srinagar: A petition challenging the detention of party’s senior leader and general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar who is under detention since 5th of August 2019 has been filed in the High Court.
Sagar’s son, Ishfaq sagar has filed a plea in High Court challenging the detention of Mr. Ali M Sagar under public safety act.
In a statement issued from party headquarters, provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi dar said, “We have been vociferously saying that Sagar Sahib’s detention is outrageously illegal. The government has no right to deprive of a citizen of his liberty, even one moment without the authority of law. Having him inside is disrespectful to people whom he has represented and made laws for. When the world is going through worst of public health nightmare, which requires social distancing and proper sanitation, his protracted incarceration has added to the concerns of his family and well wishers,” adding, “The measure reveal the horrible and perturbing indifference of the present ruling dispensation for basic human rights. He has some pre existing health issues making him more vulnerable to Covid19.”
“The family of the incarcerated leader has to go through tough times while meeting him in the detention center. The deficiency of basic facilities there is what frets us, in particular his family and admirers.”
Seeing no light at the end of tunnel, his family chose to knock the door of high court. “We are sure that the honorable high court will provide succor to the family. The High Court today issued a notice in this regard to the government asking them to respond to the Petition. The Court has fixed the matter for considering the interim release of Mr. Sagar on 16.4.2020,” adding, “Lawyers representing Sagar sb, Adv Shariq Reyaz and Adv Shuja Ul Haq pleaded before the court that no material forming the basis of order has been provided to the detune and thus the detention is illegal and unconstitutional. It was also pleaded that Mr. Sagar is a senior citizen suffering from multiple ailments and given the outbreak of pandemic is susceptible to grave risk of contracting the disease and thus his interim release was necessary in the present scenario.”
“We are hopeful that the honorable court will act and secure the liberty of a citizen who also happens to be a former legislature, law maker and minister; a person who has all along been showing deference to constitution and rule of law,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that Mr. Sagar has been detained since August 2019 under section 107 and was thereafter booked under the public safety act on 05.02.2020.