Jammu Kashmir High Court Wednesday granted a final opportunity of ten days to government to file a counter affidavit in a plea seeking the release of General Secretary of National Conference, Ali Muhammad Sagar.
The court also directed government counsel to keep detention records of Sagar available before the court by June 6, 2020.
The court of Justice Sindhu Sharma granted ten days to the government after the government counsel, B.A Dar, sought further time to file counter affidavit in the matter.
On May, 6 this year, the JK government extended the detention of Sagar under the stringent Public Safety Act by three months.
Earlier, the application along with habeas corpus petition filed by Ishfaq Ali Sagar, son of Ali Sagar, through advocate Shuja Ul Haq, seeking release or change of lodgment of Sagar on health grounds.
The petition states that the petitioner, an old aged person, is suffering from hypertension and orthopaedic complications.
“The applicant has developed a severe cardiovascular ailment during his detention since August 6,” it says.
It says that Sagar is under continuous detention since August 6 last year and the grounds of detention are stale, cryptic, vexatious and irrelevant having no bearing upon the conduct and activities of the detainee.
It points out that due to pre-existing serious medical conditions, the detenu is most susceptible to coronavirus infection (COVID-19) which has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
In light of the submissions, the petitioner had sought that respondents be directed to change the lodgment of the petitioner and put him under house arrest and home quarantined.
On February, 5 this year, Sagar was detained under public safety act (PSA) passed by the district magistrate, Srinagar.
In view of nullification of special status under Article 370 and 35 A and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of J&K into two Union Territories of JK and Ladakh, Sagar was arrested under section 107 on August 6 last year.