SC stays Arrest Warrants against Anita Thakur in Katra police case

A division bench of the Supreme Court of India comprising JJ Mr. J.S. Radhakrishnan and Mr. A.K. Sikri directed the J&K Police not to arrest Ms. Anita Thakur (General Secretary-JKNPP) against whom non-bailable warrants were issued by Sub Judge Katra to arrest her and produce before the court on 1st November, 2013. Prof. Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate appearing for Ms. Anita Thakur had mentioned this morning before the Chief Justice of India that the police in Jammu had raided the Panthers Party office last evening and wanted to execute non-bailable warrants against Ms. Anita Thakur in a case registered by Katra Police dated 7th August, 2007. He informed the court that Supreme Court had already issued Rule nisi in December, 2010 in writ petition filed by Ms. Anita Thakur, Mr. H.C. Jalmeria, Advocate and Mr. P.K. Ganjoo. The petitioners had sought criminal action against the police high-ups who were responsible for assaulting and beating the petitioners on August 7, 2007 while they were leading a peaceful procession of Jammu Migrants from Reasi to Delhi. The Supreme Court had passed judgment in Jammu Migrants’ case directing State Govt. to pay relief to the Jammu Migrants at par with Kashmiri Migrants in July 2006 which was not implemented by the Union of India and J&K Govt.
Prof. Bhim Singh said that cases have been registered against the petitioner although the writ petition stands admitted since 2010.
A fresh Crl. M.P. was filed this morning which was heard by the Division Bench comprising JJ Mr. J.S. Radhakrishnan and Mr. A.K. Sikri. The Supreme Court directed that the non-bailable warrants issued against Ms. Anita Thakur shall not be implemented till 1st November, 2013. Shri Ashok Mathur, Advocate for J&K State was present in the court.