J&K HC directs Agra Central Jail to allow J&K Detenus to meet relatives

This order was passed on a a petition filed on behalf of Ishfaq Ahmad Ganie, whose brother-in-law will now be able to meet him being heard by the court

Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey of Jammu and Kashmir high court’s Srinagar bench on Thursday directed the Agra Central Jail in charge to let the  brother-in-law of a detenue meet him. Ishfaq Ahmad Ganie is a resident of Ari Gohal in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akad Mattan and has been detained in the Agra jail. His brother-in-law Sajjad Ahmad Bhat will now be able to meet him.

The court is also in the midst of hearing a habeas corpus petition filed on Ganie’s behalf, challenging his detention. Justice Magrey granted two weeks to the state to file a counter affidavit in the case and posted the matter for further hearing for October 17. Bhatt’s had submitted before the court that the Agra jail authorities had refused his plea to meet Ganie. 

“Ordinarily, there shall be no difficulty for the concerned jail authorities in allowing the nearest relations of the detenues to have a meeting with them. Even the Home Secretary to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, as stated by the learned counsel for the applicant/petitioner, has instructed the concerned jail authorities to allow meeting of the detenues with their nearest relations,”Justice Magrey observed in his order.  

“The Jail Manual also provides that the nearest relations of the detenues shall be allowed to have meeting with them.” Justice Magrey directed the jail in charge to facilitate the meeting between Ganie and Bhat after completing all the formalities  in accordance with the mandate of the jail manual.   

“For the purpose of identification, the Aadhaar card of the applicant/petitioner, bearing No…and which the applicant/petitioner has also produced before this Court, shall be considered. Copy of this order be provided to the learned counsel for the applicant/petitioner under the seal and signatures of the Bench Secretary of this Court, today itself,” his order read.  
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