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Kashmir - Bail to lecturer arrested over exam paper

Jammu and Kashmir High Court granted bail to Noor Mohammad Bhat, lecturer of Gandhi College on December 31 after he was detained for 20 days for setting controversial examination paper about summer unrest for undergraduate students, here.

 “Justice Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussein granted bail to the lecturer against bond of Rs 25, 000”, said attorney Manzoor Ahmad, counsel of Bhat. The counsel had moved CMP for bail while challenging portion of bail rejection by Principal District and Sessions Judge in the High Court, earlier. However, 47-year-old Bhat after his release said that he had set “student-friendly” paper and had no malafide motives. “Let me make it clear that neither I nor my family have any political connection”. Bhat was arrested on December 10 under 13 unlawful activities Act. He had posed questions about “Are stone-pelters real heroes. Discuss? Besides translate an Urdu passage related to summer 2010 unrest to English” to the students of B.A and B Sc first year.

The High Court also granted interim bail up to January 21 to the president of High Court Bar Association, advocate Mian Qayoom in FIR registered against him in Jammu. The court of Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir also transferred the bail plea to Sessions Judge Kathua who took up the matter on January 5. “The High Court has also directed for two sureties of one lakh each to be accorded by the Kathua Court,” advocate Manzoor Ahmad Dar, senior KHBA member and counsel for Mian Qayoom said. Justice Mir had reserved his order on bail plea on December 13 after arriving here from Jammu to Srinagar to hear the plea exclusively following refusal by two judges. Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir on December 11 had declined to hear proceeding of bail plea on the grounds that Justice Mir had already reserved orders on 561 proceedings, calling for quashing of FIR. Similarly, Justice J P Singh had on December 6 expressed inability to hear the plea citing similar reason.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 15

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