Srinagar, April 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has reserved its order on a plea by journalist and author Gowhar Geelani challenging imposition of draconian law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) ACT (UAPA) against him.

The court heard the matter for almost an hour through video conferencing and the order likely to come by the evening. The case came up for hearing before Justice Ali Mohammad Magray.

Gowhar Geelani was booked by the Indian police under the UAPA on Tuesday.

In his petition, Salih Peerzada, the counsel for Gowhar Geelani, has questioned the case against his client and the jurisdiction of the Cyber Police Station, seeking interim protection from arrest and quashing of the FIR.

The petitioner has challenged the FIR and investigation on the grounds that “the contents of the FIR do not constitute the offence alleged”. “The anatomy of FIR shows a skeletal formation without the particulars about the date, period or place of offence as required by the format of the FIR. Such visible omissions are deliberate and originate as a result of police padding which create incurable infirmity in the initiation of prosecution,” the petition has argued.

In his petition, the counsel has argued that mere expression of opinion of political or apolitical on a public forum doesn’t ipso facto constitute an offence.

Gowhar Geelani in a media interview said that all the charges against him were baseless.

It is to mention here that the Indian police have booked Gowhar Geelani and a freelance photojournalist, Masarrat Zahra, under draconian UAPA for their social media posts. The police have also registered an FIR against senior journalist, Peerzada Ashiq, for his news story regaring a cordon and search operation by Indian troops in Shopian.


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