The Chief Justice of India Rajan Gogoi on Wednesday allowed Mohammad Aleem Syed, a law graduate from Jamia Millia Islamia, to visit his parents in Kashmir. The top court further directed the Jammu and Kashmir Government to provide police protection to him.
Aleem Syed on August 10, had moved to the Supreme Court by filing a writ petition for habeas corpus nature seeking information and access to his parents in Kashmir amid communication breakdown.
After since the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5, Aleem Syed – who is currently doing his apprenticeship in Delhi – was unable to contact to his family back in Anantnag and was feared that his parents were detained in Kashmir.
After numerous attempts of contacting his family in Kashmir, Aleem Syed tried contacting the Deputy Commissioner, Additional district divisional commissioner, District technical director seeking information of his parents “but after an intial reply from District Informatics Officer seeking details…the said officer also went incommunicado”.
The writ petition comes the same day when another lawyer moved the Supreme Court challenging the Presidential order that revoked Article 370. Advocate Shakir Shabir’s plea contended that the approval of the state Assembly reflected the will of the people, which was required before effecting such sweeping changes that altered the history and geography of J&K.