Pak prisoners: SC lists case after 4 weeks

“The government of India filed additional affidavit yesterday in the course of hearing on the status of the prisoners,” it said.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Jan 20 2018 12:42AM | Updated Date: Jan 20 2018 12:42AM
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A Division Bench of the Supreme Court of India has directed listing after four weeks of a habeas corpus petition filed by Prof Bhim Singh, senior advocate, against the “illegal detention” of more than 1000 Pakistani and PaK prisoners languishing in different jails of India for over 10 to 20 years. 

Singh, who is also the chairman of National Legal Aid Committee had filed the petition in 2005 against the detention of over 1000 Pakistani and PaK prisoners “who had crossed into India by misusing the Line of Control and entering into J&K,” a National Panthers’ Party handout said.

On the intervention of the Supreme Court of India more than 800 Pak and PaK (Pakistan administered Kashmir) prisoners were released from Indian jails on the writ petitions filed by the Panthers Party, State Legal Aid Committee, J&K and by Prof Singh in-person, the statement said. 

“According to the Union of India there are still about 250 Pak, PaK prisoners some of them (about 20 persons) have been declared permanently handicapped. Some of them have not been identified by Pakistan High Commission in 10 years till today,” it said. 

“The government of India filed additional affidavit yesterday in the course of hearing on the status of the prisoners,” it said.

Singh regretted that “no address/home address in Pakistan has been mentioned by the government which shows that the State is not sincere in its dealing.” 

“43 Pakistani and PaK persons have been shown as prisoners in Indian jails who have been listed with no offence at all,” he said. 

The advocates who appeared with Prof Bhim Singh included S.K. Bandopadhyay, B.S. Billowria,  and others, the statement said.

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