Srinagar, November 30
Coming down hard on the state government, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court (HC) today directed it to ensure free movement of Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) chief Er Abdul Rashid in the state, including in Jammu region.
Er Rashid, MLA, had filed a writ petition in HC after state police deported him on frequent occasions from Chinab Valley and Pir Panjal regions in Jammu during the last two years and didn’t allow him to enter these areas. In his petition, he had accused state police of violating his fundamental rights and sought HC’s intervention in the matter. A single bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, while hearing a writ petition filed by Er Rashid, said the petitioner being a sitting member of the Legislative Assembly and a political figure has every right to move throughout country, particularly in the state of J&K.
Therefore, the count said respondents are under legal obligation to ensure that the free movement of the petitioner like other political activities is not curtailed.
“It is also duty of the respondents to take care of the security concerns if any of the petitioner,” the HC added.