An interesting dauntless move made by the Principal Sessions Judge Abdul Rashid Malik in 

Sheikh Salman v. JKUT through SHO P/S Saddar, Srinagar

He stated that he gets a mobile call at 9:51 in the morning from the Secretary to Justice Javed Iqbal Wani of the Jammu and Kashmir high court when the bail plea moved by one Sheikh Salman was condemned to be heard. the contents of the call made by Tariq Ahmad Mota, Secretary to Justice Wani, were:

 “I have been directed by the Hon’ble Mr Justice Javed Iqbal Wani to convey you to make sure that no bail is granted to Sheikh Salman. If there is any Anticipatory bail pending, the direction is the same.”

 Ad rem, the president for Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (J&K HCBA)  Mian Abdul Qayoom is the father-in-law  Of Justice Javed Iqbal Wani.

Mr Qayoom was arrested during the clampdown launched last year, ahead of the Centre’s move to revoke J&K’s special status. Mr Qayoom was upheld in detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and his release was opposed by Justice Wani, as government’s advocate.

The applicant in the case was alleged to be accused of being punishable for attempt to Murder, Wrongful restraint and Hurt which are covered under sections 307, 341 and 323 of the Penal code.

Mindfulness of a person’s right to liberty Abdul Rashid Malik took a courageous step

He directed in an order dated December 7 that the bail application be submitted to the Registrar Judicial of the High Court, and requested that the same may be placed before the High Court Chief Justice Gita Mittal 

 On 11th of December The bail application was further directed to Additional District and Session Court, The accused was granted the anticipatory bail in the same.

 Ad rem, In view of the retirement of the Chief justice Gita Mittal, Justice Rajesh Bindal has been appointed by the President as the Acting Chief Justice (CJ) of the Jammu and Kashmir Court

Report By Anjali Singh

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