Centre agrees to release J&K lawyer Mian Abdul Qayoom immediately, but has to stay in Delhi till Aug 7

The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta today informed the Supreme Court that Central government has agreed to release Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom from detention under the Public Safety Act.

Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave appearing for Qayoom pleaded that Qayoom be released tomorrow for so that his family can be called to  receive him. SG Mehta agreed with the contention of petitioner’s Senior counsel.

The bench comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice Aniruddha Bose further said that Qayoom will remain in Delhi till August 7 and no statement shall be issued by him.

Qayoom was detained on 5 August last year, the day the Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370 and has since remained under detention. He was shifted to a jail in Agra, where his health deteriorated and then was brought to Delhi’s Tihar Jail. 

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court in May had upheld the Government orders relating to preventive detention of Senior Advocate and J&K HCBA President Mian Abdul Qayoom under J&K Public Safety Act, 1978. The Court had held that he has a tendency of disturbing law and order and thus it will not be appropriate to interfere with impugned order of detention.

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