Rayees Ahmad

Detained journalist sent to judicial custody until Sep 22

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Srinagar, Sep 08: Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan who was arrested last month by the police has been sent to Central Jail Srinagar in judicial custody until September 22.

Reports said that a court of City Muncif in Srinagar while hearing his bail plea sent him to judicial custody until September 22.

Sultan, who works with a local news magazine, was formally arrested last week after “six-day detention” at a police station in Batmaloo area of Srinagar.

Several journalists’ bodies including ‘Reporters Without Borders’ and International Federation of Journalists” have called for his immediate release.

Besides the journalist, four others including M Shafiq Bhat, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Waseem Ahmad Khan and Shahziya Jan, were produced before court of City Munsif Srinagar today who while hearing their plea remanded them to Central Srinagar for judicial custody till September 22.

According to the police, Asif Sultan, son of  Mohammad Sultan Saida, resident of Firdousabad Batamaloo has been arrested by Police Station Batamaloo on August 31, 2018 in case FIR No 173/2018.

Today two applications were moved by police for the remand of the accused. In first application police prayed for judicial custody of the four accused including Sultan, which court accepted and sent all of them to judicial custody till Sept 22.

The second application, police sought remand of Shaziya and court sent her to judicial custody till September 15.

Counsel for the accused, Mir Urfi said that “they have been implicated on false evidence.”

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