SC seeks status report on prisoners from Pakistan, PaK

The government informed the Supreme Court that there were 43 prisoners of Pakistan and PaK who are facing trials and investigation.

D A Rashid
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 15 2017 12:50AM | Updated Date: Nov 15 2017 12:50AM
SC seeks status report on prisoners from Pakistan, PaK

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the government of India to file a status report within four weeks on prisoners from Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir who are lodged in jails across India. 

A division bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the directions after hearing a petition filed by professor Bhim Singh who has sought directions for deportation of foreign prisoners who have completed their sentences.

Singh has submitted that there were more than 1,000 prisoners from Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir and nearly 700 of them were released by the intervention of the Supreme Court. He said that the apex court had issued directions to the government t of India and the J&K government to release all those prisoners from Pakistan, PaK or other countries who had exhausted their respective sentences or who have been detained in violation of the Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

Singh submitted that J&K had filed a reply which is incomplete as no details of the proceedings of the prisoners of Pakistan or Pakistan-administered Kashmir were given, nor was any procedure followed by the government of India.

He said that 15 Pakistanis including some PaK residents have been detained under Public Safety Act in total violation of Article 21 of Constitution of India. Despite the Supreme Court directions, Singh said that deportation of 23 prisoners from Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir has not been carried out.

“Similarly, there are three prisoners whose deportation has been recommended but they are still in prison. There are 15 prisoners who are undergoing sentences for years without any appeal in the superior courts,” he said. 

The government informed the Supreme Court that there were 43 prisoners of Pakistan and PaK who are facing trials and investigation.

Singh submitted before the court to give a final chance to government of India as well as the J&K government to file their replies so that the matter may be heard.

He told the court that there were some persons from Nigeria (Hardey Temmy Wesly) and Bangladesh (Naeem) whose names were recommended for deportation, but still they are in Indian jails in defiance of the direction of the Supreme Court.