‘SC was told a blatant lie that I am a free man… why am I being stopped’ -Bashaarat Masood

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published Published on Jul 31, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 31, 2020

-The Indian Express

Soz says barred from moving out; free to go where he wants, says J&K administration

Srinagar: A day after the Supreme Court disposed of a petition by Saifuddin Soz’s wife over his “illegal detention”, accepting the government’s submission that he was under no restrictions, the J&K Congress leader was stopped by the police as he tried to move out of his house in Srinagar. As mediapersons watched, police personnel pulled away the 83-year-old as he talked from behind a wall, mounted by a barbed wire, around his house.

On Wednesday too, soon after the Supreme Court accepted the J&K administration’s claim that he was not under detention, Soz had said he had been stopped from leaving his house.

“What the Supreme Court was told is a blatant lie,” Soz said on Thursday, speaking to The Indian Express over the phone, adding that he would again move the court against his “illegal” detention, “for whatever it’s worth”. “This (UT) government and the Central government took a position before the Supreme Court that I am a free man. I am not a free man. I have been under detention since August 5, 2019. If I am not under detention, why am I being stopped? I tried to move out twice yesterday and twice today.”

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The Indian Express, 31 July, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/saifuddin-soz-detention-sc-petition-jk-6531606/?fbclid=IwAR1MMW6orLELyU-DSA0cBAnn7YioIEoYSotezq0NihQ1C1FCZOYvY3Hy3hw

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