Supreme Court orders shifting of detained CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami to AIIMS

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court has today ordered the shifting of detained CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Delhi.

While passing the order, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said,

“Tarigami’s health is a top priority.”

The Bench of CJI Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer also issued notice to the Centre in the affidavit filed by CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Senior Counsel Raju Ramachandran, appearing for Yechury, told the Court that the affidavit has been shared with the other side despite no notice being issued.

Ramachandran also pointed out that that Tarigami is being kept under detention in his own house by his own security personnel, in the absence of an order for detention. His own security does not allow him to go out anywhere, states the affidavit.

Taking note of the contents of the affidavit and the medical condition of Tarigami, the Court issued notice and directed for Tarigami to be shifted to AIIMS. He is also permitted to be accompanied by one family member, the Court said.

The Court passed this order in a habeas corpus petition filed by CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury seeking the production of his detained party colleague Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami.

During the last hearing, the Court had allowed Yechury to travel to Kashmir in order to meet Tarigami. The Court had further said that Yechury would have to file an affidavit before the Supreme Court upon their return from the valley.

Yechury had moved the Supreme Court after he had traveled to Srinagar earlier in August along with CPI leader D Raja with the purpose of meeting with Tarigami, only to be detained at the airport. It was claimed that Tarigami was not in good health.

The CPI (M) leader had agreed to the conditions imposed by the Court on Yechury’s visit to Kashmir.

Read Sitaram Yechury’s Affidavit:


[Read Order]

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