Acquitted, Kashmiri Man Still Not Released From Tihar

Acquitted, Kashmiri Man Still Not Released From Tihar

11 May 2013
Times of India
Indrani Basu

New Delhi: A day after TOI reported how two Kashmiri men were acquitted by the Delhi high court after spending seven years in jail, one of these men - Mushtak Ahmed Kaloo - is still in Tihar Jail. While the other acquitted Kashmiri, Mohammad Iqbal Jan, will be released from Srinagar Jail, Mushtak's family has been waiting outside Tihar Jail for two days hoping for his release. 'We have been in Delhi since the high court ordered his acquittal on Monday. When the release orders were finally sent to Tihar on Friday, we expected him to be released. We waited till 10.30pm until but his name was not on the list,' said Mushtak's brother Abdul. Abdul and his two cousins - Jeelani and Mudasir Soofi - visited Tihar Jail again on Saturday. Mudasir flew into Delhi on Saturday morning with court documents from Kashmir to secure Mushtak's release. 'We met jail officials on Saturday who assured they would help us. We handed an affidavit from Sopore court that said the only other case against Mushtak had been dismissed. But, we were told they were waiting from a message from Sopore before they could release him,' said Mudasir. Mushtak's family again waited till 6.30pm outside Tihar Jail on Saturday only to leave dejected. 'We have details of the wireless message sent from Sopore court on Saturday,' said Mudasir. When TOI contacted Tihar Jail, officials said that they haven't received any message from Sopore yet. 'As per our information Mushtak is to appear at Sopore court on May 15,' said Tihar law officer and spokesperson Sunil Gupta. The Delhi high court had earlier slammed Delhi Police for investigation done 'defying logic, prudence and reason', and acquitted Mushtak and Iqbal. Mushtak's counsel and supreme court advocate Kamini Jaiswal said delays are inhuman. 'Legally speaking, release orders must be given the highest priority and his stay in jail thereafter each day is illegal' she said.