Supreme Court grants four weeks to UOI In case of Pak & POK prisoners’ in Indian jails

A Division Bench of the Supreme Court of India has directed to list the Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by Prof.Bhim Singh against the illegal detention of more than 1000 Pakistani and POK prisoners after four weeks who have been languishing in different jails of India for over 10 to 20 years.
Prof.Bhim Singh, who is also the Chairman of National Legal Aid Committee besides Sr. Advocate in the Supreme Court of India had filed Writ of Habeas Corpus in 2005 against the detention of over 1000 Pakistani and POK prisoners who had crossed into India misusing the Line of Control, entered into J&K. On the intervention of the Supreme Court of India more than 800 Pak and POK prisoners were released from Indian jails on the writ petitions filed by the Panthers Party, State Legal Aid Committee, J&K and by Prof.Bhim Singh in-person. According to the Union of India there are still about 250 Pak, POK prisoners some of them (about 20 persons) have been declared permanently handicapped. Some of them have not been identified by Pakistan High Commission in 10 years till today. The Govt. of India filed Additional Affidavit yesterday in the course of hearing stating present status of 21 foreign nationals in jails, dealing with present status of 12 persons in jails, the status of 43 persons in different Indian jails and the status of 22 Pakistani nationals who have completed their sentence/acquitted.
The Union of India filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court of India called Annexure-A1 regarding 21 Pakistani prisoners. Some of them have been released and repatriated namely, Harsid@Arsind s/o Mohammad Khan (Mental Hospital Jaipur), Mohammad Amin s/o Ram Maksood (Detention Centre, Alwar), Maksood Ali @Fazal s/o Tawar Ali@Abdul Aziz (Detention Centre, Alwar), Mohammed Khalid s/o Mohammed Yousuf (Mental Hospital Jaipur), Asraf Hussain s/o Ahmed Bux (Mental Hospital Jaipur), Ramzan s/o Matara Khan@Fatiyar Khan (Mental Hospital Jaipur), Mohd. Arshad s/o Mohd. Amir(Mental Hospital Amritsar), Mohd. Sadiq s/o Mohd. Amir (Detention Centre, Amritsar), Shingar Ali s/o Baba Hussain Ali (Detention Centre, Amritsar), Elias s/o Rahim Khan (Detention Centre, Amritsar), Mohd. Mubashir Code Ali Badar s/o Mohd Tahir (C.J. Jodhpur), Shahnawaz Malik @Fouji s/o Kamdar Malik (C.J. Jodhpur and Dilawar Sain s/o Hassan Sain (C.J. Jodhpur.
Nearly 12 prisoners have been shown undergoing life sentence namely Abdule Rashid Gani@Abdul Gani@Abdul Rashid Abdul Kadar Shaikh@Tufil Rajput (Nasik Raod Central Prison), Abdul Rahim @Sayed@Kari s/o Majid Khan (C.J. Tihar), Mohd. Hussain @Abu Julfikar s/o Hussain @Junazir Hussain (C.J. Tihar), Abdul Mateen @Iqbal @Faruq @Munsail s/o Hazi Mohd. Yakub (Central Jail Bikaner) & Mohd. Mohamad Sharif@ Javed @Pavankumar Sharma @ Manzoor Ahmed (Vadodara Central Jail).
Prof.Bhim Singh regretted that no address/home address in Pakistan has been mentioned by the Govt. which shows that the State is not sincere in its dealing.
43 Pakistani and POK persons have been shown as prisoners in Indian jails who have been listed with no offence at all.
22 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails have completed their sentence and have not been deported till date. They include M/s. Abdul Jabbar @Saiyyed Amr Ali, Ali Mohammad @Ali Ahmed @Alia Ahmed, Asif Khan Code 77, Asima, Faheem Sidique, Hamid Noman Bhat, Javed Alam Sheikh Code Junaid Albadri, Mansoor Ahmed Manhas, Muhammad Abid Sayani Code Asadullah, Muhammad Mubashir Code Ali Badar, Muhammad Qasim, Muhammad Sharif, Muhammad Tariq @Mohamad Tarak Ali, Munawar Hussain @Miya Mithu, Naseem Akhtar, Qari Muhammad Ismail, Sadia Baba, Saifullah Code Surinder Singh, Sarfaraz Ahmed Rana, Soofia Kanwal, Tanveer Masih & Nisar Ahmed Narejo.
There are some prisoners in Amritsar and other jails who have been declared as mentally challenged and whose whereabouts have not been traced. Some of them are in Amritsar jail/hospital and some of them in Rajasthan. Prof.Bhim Singh described this State of Affairs as highly undesirable and cannot be accepted by any Indian jurist or a human being who is associated with Indian culture and sense of humanism. This amounts to violation of international human rights code of conduct established by international commission on human rights.
Prof.Bhim Singh described the inaction of the Union of India highly deplorable and unacceptable when the Govt. has filed a reply before the Supreme Court of India over a petition which is filed 13 years back before the Supreme Court that the Govt. of India is circulating a list of prisoners without providing their addresses, home addresses or even their ages.
The advocates who appeared with Prof.Bhim Singh included S.K. Bandopadhyay, B.S. Billowria and others.

Vijayawada Bar Association welcomes Bhim Singh

Several lawyers led by Vijayawada Bar Association President, Mr. Somu Krishnamurthy received Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Sr. Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and his associate Mr. Rajiv Jolly Khosla, President, Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party at Vijayawada this morning when Prof.Bhim Singh reached Vijayawada on three-day visit on the invitation of Shri Yog Abhyas Ashram Trust, Vijayawada and Bar Association, Vijayawada. Thanking the Bar Association Prof.Bhim Singh assured his full support to the demand of the Bar Association, Vijayawada for the establishment of High Court as Andhra Pradesh has remained deprived of a seat of High Court. The lawyers’ fraternity accompanying Bar Association President, Mr. Krishnamurthy explained the difficulties which the people of Andhra Pradesh as well as the lawyers have been facing for over four years since the creation of Andhra Pradesh State because of the failure of the Central Govt. to constitute separate High Court in Andhra Pradesh.

Prof.Bhim Singh who has been Sr. Executive Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Chairman of International Committee of the lawyers under the Bar Association assured the lawyers’ fraternity of Andhra Pradesh that he shall assist the Andhra Pradesh Bar Association with full commitment so that the general public, the clients and litigants shall not suffer any more because of the failure of the Union Govt. to establish a separate High Court in Andhra Pradesh.

Prof.Bhim Singh assured on behalf of the State Legal Aid Committee that he shall provide full support and assistance to the Andhra Pradesh Bar Association in their just and legitimate demand. Prof.Bhim Singh reminded Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that the Union Govt. should redress this legitimate problem of the people of Andhra Pradesh who have remained denied of justice for the past four years. Prof.Bhim Singh has suggested to the Union Law Minister that a permanent bench should be established immediately in Amravati or in Vijayawada on the patron of north eastern states as well as in Jammu and Kashmir. Prof.Bhim Singh also assured the Bar Association that this is the most genuine issue which could be taken in Public Interest Litigation before the Supreme Court of India and he assured the Bar Association his full cooperation.

Earlier, Prof.Bhim Singh was given a warm reception by Yog Abhyas Ashram Trust by its Chairman Swami Amit Dev ji on his arrival in Nuna where he arrived from the airport this morning. Prof.Bhim Singh has been invited on occasion of Basant Panchami Festival on 22nd January, 2018 in Vijayawada by Yog Abhyas Ashram Trust.