NEW DELHI:Even as the release of hard-line separatist Masarat Alam on the orders of J&K Chief Minister Mufti Muhammed Sayeed has snowballed into a political controversy, the Centre on Thursday asked the Jammu and Kashmir Government to pursue all the 27 criminal cases lodged against Alam. Disclosing this, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a statement in the Lok Sabha that the BJP-NDA Government had issued an advisory to Mufti Government to challenge the bail orders in all the cases registered against Alam.
The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has also asked the state government to mount a close vigil on the activities of Alam and his associates,which are detrimental to public order or the unity and integrity of the country in general and Jammu & Kashmir in particular. And Rajnath said the Centre had advised the state government to take prompt action ff the surveillance detected anything adverse about the conduct of Alam. “Anything adverse that comes to notice must be promptly reviewed in the light of the Public Safety Act and appropriate action taken immediately,” he said.
According to the Home Minister, the surveillance and monitoring of Alam and his associates will be carried out in close coordination with the Central security and intelligence agencies in the larger interest of maintaining peace and public order and normalcy in the border state. Responding to questions posed by the Opposition Congress in the Lok Sabha on whether the process for Alam’s release had been approved during Governor’s Rule, Rajnath, while giving a detailed account on circumstances leading to Alam’s release, said the latest detention order issued in September could not be approved as the file regarding this had reached the government department after the stipulated period got over.
The Home Minister, though, refused to point fingers at the Opposition. And he placed the facts before the House giving details of the communication exchanged among state officials, including the last detention order that was issued by the District Magistrate, Jammu, on September 15.
“Such detention order issued by the District Magistrate, Jammu, is to be approved by the state government within 12 days of the issuance of such detention order as per Section 8(4) of the Public Safety Act. The detention order issued by the District Magistrate, Jammu, on 15 09 2014 was received in the Home Department of Jammu & Kashmir on 09.10.2014 after 23 days had lapsed and hence the same could not be approved,” Rajnath said in his statement.
The Home Minister, who came out with the statement after receiving a fresh report from the state government in the matter, said that the state had further informed that there were no fresh grounds for detention as verified by the District Magistrate, Jammu. “The grounds on which the earlier detention orders were quashed by the High Court and this detention order had the same grounds for detention,” Rajnath added.