ICAWPI

International Campaign Against War on the People in India

 

Stop all attacks against the people!

 

Mon10212019

Last updateWed, 25 Sep 2013 1pm

BackYou are here: ResistanceStatements Demand the release of Mr. Mirza Iftikhar Hussain!

Statements

Demand the release of Mr. Mirza Iftikhar Hussain!

PRESS RELEASE

07/05/10

Condemn the blatant communal prejudice in the matter of delaying the release of Mr. Mirza Iftikhar Hussain!

We condemn the harassment of Dr. SAR Geelani who has been targeted for a criminal prosecution on the basis of false and extraneous considerations.

The Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) takes strong exception to the way the media has voiced the story of Dr. SAR Geelani facing criminal proceedings for "furnishing false information" to the court. Given the vitiated atmosphere that media trials have generated, particularly the prejudice caused to those who belong to a certain community , it is important to bring forth certain facts which squarely expose the patent lies that have been carried in the media regarding the case slapped on Dr. SAR Geelani.

It is by now known to all that Mr. Mirza Iftikhar Hussain has been acquitted in the Lajpat Nagar blast case after 14 long years as an under trial in Tihar Jail. No one cared to raise any question about the blatant injustice meted out to Mr. Mirza Iftikhar Hussain , who spent much of his youth in prison for a crime he had not committed and that it took a court fourteen long years to realise that he was innocent. Moreover, when it comes to Kashmiri Muslim prisoners, it is natural that new cases get slapped on them to prolong their detention in prison. Mr. Mirza Iftikhar Hussain too, faced a similar situation and his release was hampered by the existence of another case of attempt to commit culpable homicide for allegedly attacking a fellow inmate in jail. If anyone cared to examine the records of this case, it would become evident fairly soon that Mr. Mirza was the target of attack in Jail, not the perpetrator. So when he was acquitted on 8 April 2010 in the Lajpat Nagar blast case, it was certain that he would get bail in the second case which was of little consequence.

On 17 April 2010 Dr. SAR Geelani, a Delhi University lecturer and the Working President of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) furnished surety bonds, before the court of the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Nivedita Anil Sharma for the release of Mr. Mirza Iftikhar Hussain. He had furnished all his personal details on the same date before the court. But the court dismissed the bail bond of SAR Geelani on a technicality notwithstanding the fact that his lawyers were present before the court and had given satisfactory explanations about the address furnished on the Surety Bond.

At that time there was no reference to "falsity of the documents" furnished by Dr. Geelani. Notwithstanding the irrationality of the rejection of his surety bond, a Senior Editor of a reputed magazine Mr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas offered to stand as a surety for Mr. Mirza's release on bail. This time the court even went to the extent of asking Mr. Ilyas whether he would be responsible for Mr Mirza's conduct outside Jail, to which Mr. Ilyas maintained that he took full responsibility for Mr. Mirza's conduct. The court declined to accept Mr Ilyas's surety bond on the ground that he had no control over the accused! Any discerning mind sensitive to the fundamental principles of justice will fail to understand the rationale of such a directive.

Only when the question of prejudice and double standards was brought to the notice of the court by Dr. SAR Geelani, did the court respond, as an after-thought, by instituting the much publicised case of "furnishing of false documents" against Dr SAR Geelani. There was absolutely no question of furnishing false documents. Both the addresses of proof of residence furnished before the court were authentic as Dr. SAR Geelani was available on both.

The CRPP strongly condemns the initiation of a case of perjury against Dr SAR Geelani. Dr Geelani has not furnished any false document or false information pertaining to his residential address. Needless to say that Dr Geelani will challenge the order in the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi. This act of vendetta from an office which should be judicious and free from the maladies of communal and xenophobic propaganda of the so-called war against terror gives credence to the scathing observation made by one of the accused in the Lajpat Nagar Blast case of 1996 that "to be a Kashmiri itself is a crime to be punished in India".

In Solidarity,

Gurusharan Singh, President
Amit Bhattacharyya, Secretary General
SAR Geelani, Working President
Rona Wilson, Secretary Public Relations