Mian Abdul Qayoom had moved the Supreme Court against decision of Jammu & Kashmir HC upholding his detention
Mian Abdul Qayoom had moved the Supreme Court against decision of Jammu & Kashmir HC upholding his detention
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J&K Bar Association Prez Mian Abdul Qayoom will be released on Aug 6 on expiry of his detention, Centre tells Supreme Court

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court today that Qayoom's detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) will not be extended beyond August 6.

Shruti Mahajan

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that the detention of Jammu & Kashmir Bar Association President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, will not be extended after August 6 when his current detention period expires. (Mian Abdul Qayoom vs Union of India)

The Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Ajay Rastogi, and Aniruddha Bose took up the plea filed by the Jammu & Kashmir Bar Association President today.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court today that Qayoom's detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) will not be extended beyond August 6, when it is due to expire.

On this submission by Mehta, Senior Counsel Dushyant Dave, representing Qayoom, raised the issue of "illegal detention" of Qayoom being in violation of his fundamental rights.

Dave along with Advocate Vrinda Grover, argued that Qayoom must be released forthwith, more so now in light of the government's decision not to extend his detention period.

The Court asked SG Mehta to take instructions on whether Qayoom can be released on bail forthwith for the remainder of his detention period and has fixed the date for hearing on July 29.

Earlier, the Court asked the authorities if Qayoom's continued detention was required and later, the matter was yet again deferred for want of instructions when Court was told that the authorities were in the process of taking a decision on Qayoom's detention.

This question was posed by the Court in light of the fact that Qayoom's detention was nearing its expiry and taking into account his old age and the apprehension of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"These are COVID-19 times and he (Qayoom) is 73 with his period of detention is about to be expired. So please look into this, Solicitor."
The Supreme Court had said on July 15

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had sought a further period of ten days to file a response on behalf of the authorities on Qayoom's petition challenging the decision of Jammu & Kashmir High Court, which rejected his Habeas Corpus plea.

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