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Jammu KashmirHC issues notice after Mirwaiz Farooq moves court against his house detention

HC issues notice after Mirwaiz Farooq moves court against his house detention


Srinagar, Sept 15: The & & High court on Friday asked the government to file a reply within four weeks with regard to detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq since August 2019.

After over four years in “house detention”, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq moved to the High Court seeking his release.

Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Mirwaiz's counsel, pleaded that the petitioner was under illegal and unauthorised detention at his Nigeen residence in Srinagar without any order or authority in law.

Last month Mirwaiz had sent a legal notice to the government for his release and warned of challenging it in the court if it failed to come up with a positive response.

Anjuman Auqaf , the managing body of Grand Jamia mosque in old Srinagar- said three weeks back a legal notice was sent to the authorities to come clean on the status of his detention and release Mirwaiz.

 “But no written response was received to the notice,” they said.

As such, a writ petition was filed in the High court by the legal team of the Mirwaiz, seeking order or direction upon the authorities to release the petitioner from “illegal and unauthorised detention” as the petitioner has been detained, house arrested at his Nigeen residence without any order or authority in law, Anjuman said.

The separatist leader Mirwaiz, who is also the chief priest, has been under “house detention” since August 4, 2019 — a day before the union government scrapped Jammu and Kashmir's special status and downgraded the state into two union territories.

The writ petition further requested the High Court that it may issue an appropriate writ or order, asking the respondents to lift the siege outside the residential house of the petitioner.

The plea submitted that Mirwai may be allowed to deliver his Friday sermons and lead the Friday religious prayers at Jamia Masjid, and removal of any impediments into the day-to-day life and allow him to avail the freedom and liberty guaranteed to petitioner under the Constitution.

Last year, J&K's Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said Mirwaiz is not under house arrest and he is free to move anywhere.

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