NPP Chief Patron pleads for peace in Kashmir

Proposes a committee under Dr. Karan Singh to seek people’s opinion

            Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Executive Chairman of the State Legal Aid Committee, J&K while addressing a press conference in the boiling Kashmir urged Parliament of India to take initiative to ensure return of peace in the Valley and delivery of justice to those including children who have been denied justice and equity in the smokes leaping in the Valley of Kashmir due to bandh, closure, deadlocks, firing and lawlessness in the entire Valley of J&K.

            Prof.Bhim Singh was advised by the Supreme Court to visit Kashmir Valley while Panthers Party’s writ petition was being argued before the court of Chief Justice of India that he (Bhim Singh) should visit Valley and come back with the ground reality vis-à-vis Kashmir Valley.

            Prof.Singh after spending three days in the city of Srinagar as he was not allowed to visit any other districts outside the Srinagar City. Prof.Bhim Singh has requested the State Government to allow him to visit Districts of Anantnag, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas affected by violence and 52 days bandh and strikes. Prof.Bhim Singh regretted in the press conference that he was not allowed to meet the people in the Valley and he had to remain within city of Srinagar only. Prof.Bhim Singh visited deserted colleges and schools, met several lawyers in the High Court where there were hardly any litigants because of the strikes and breakdown in the transport movement in the Valley.

            Prof.Bhim Singh while addressing the press conference demanded that a committee under the leadership of Dr. Karan Singh, former Maharaja of J&K, be constituted with all prominent members of the Hurriyat Conference in it. He said that a representative of every recognized political party in J&K should also be included in the committee. This committee under Dr.Karan Singh’s chairmanship should be allowed to visit PoK and Gilgit also so that opinions of the residents of J&K in PoK and Gilgit shall also be taken on record.

In the meantime, the Governor of J&K, Shri N.N. Vohra should dissolve the State Govt.and take over the control of government’s powers under Section 92 of J&K Constitution. Prof.Bhim Singh also suggested that India and Pakistan should continue talking to each other on J&K and both sides should leave on the new constituted committee headed by Dr. Karan Singh should be allowed to function smoothly.

Prof.Bhim Singh expressed sympathies and love with all the kids and the children and the minors who have been badly hit by the pellet guns. He urged to stop use of any kinds of guns or explosive against the children of India residing in Kashmir. He said that he shall place all the facts he has experienced in Kashmir Valley before the Supreme Court of India that to ensure that justice shall flow from the corridors of the Supreme Court of India.  

Prof.Bhim Singh also made clear that the status of J&K should be maintained as was established by the Constituent Assembly and affirmed by the Constitution of India on 26thJanuary, 1950.

            Prof.Bhim Singh was accompanied by entire leadership of the party in Kashmir including its Vice President, Masood Andrabi, State General Secretary, Manjoor Naik, Provincial President, Farooq Ahmed Dar, State Secretary, Maqbool Malik and several districts presidents of Kashmir Valley.

Sd/-Mehboob Illahi, Press Secretary

NJAC signed by the President a disaster to judicial domain, threat to democracy in India

“124th amendment to the Constitution granting constitutional status to NJAC (National Judicial Appointment Commission) has been signed by the President of India which in the universal opinion of the democrats will destroy independence of the judiciary. Appointment of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the High Courts shall henceforth be at the mercy of a political commission comprising of two eminent persons (may they be dancers, businessmen, politicians or the like), the sitting Law Minister and three judges with veto power to the Union Law Minister, of course, acting as the rubber stamp of the Prime Minister.

The High Court judges shall need approval of the Governors and the Chief Ministers in their respective states. A perfect manipulation and control of the politicians working under the dictates of money and muscle power.” This was the immediate reaction of a senior advocate, Prof.Bhim Singh, practicing in the Apex Court of India.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that this amendment to the NJAC was cleared in the Parliament without any discussion. No political party could dare move a motion for referring such a sensitive matter to a select committee in the interest of survival of the judiciary as one of the pillars of democracy. By this amendment the authority of Supreme Court has been cut to the size. This law is seriously flawed and contrary to cardinal principles of Constitutional Law that upholds the independence of the judiciary. Introduction of Articles 124A, 124B & 124C are fatal to the democratic norms and independent working of the highest judiciary in the country. This is also against the spirit of the recommendations of Venkatachaliah Committee which had proposed five-member committee.

Prof.Bhim Singh also held a meeting of State Legal Aid Committee which is headed by him and resolved that the NJAC shall be challenged before the Supreme Court as it lacks transparency, promotes corruption, favourtism and political interest in the appointment of judges. He also appealed to the political parties who still fight against political corruption, for the integrity of the nation and for independence of judiciary in the country.