The J&K High Court Friday issued notice to the government over a plea seeking the release of General Secretary of National Conference, Ali Mohammad Sagar.
The court of Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the government to consider the bail of Sagar on health grounds and submit the report by April 16.
Justice Rabstan issued notice to the JK government through Principal Secretary Home Department, District Magistrate Srinagar and Superintendent of Police Subsidiary Jail and directed them to file their response by next date.
On February 5, this year, Sagar was detained under public safety act (PSA) passed by the district magistrate, Srinagar.
Earlier, in view of nullification of special status under Article 370 and 35 A and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of J&K into two Union Territories of JK and Ladakh, Sagar was arrested under section 107 on August 6 last year, along with former chief ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
However, on March 24, the JK government revoked the detention orders against Abdullah.
Meanwhile, the petition filed by Ishfaq Ali Sagar, who is the son of AM Sagar, through advocate Shuja Ul Haq seeking release or change of lodgment of Sagar on health grounds.
The petition states that Sagar is under continuous detention since August 6 last year and the grounds of detention are stale, cryptic, vexatious and irrelevant having no bearing upon the conduct and activities of the detainee.
The counsel, Shuja-Ul-Haq for the petitioner pleaded before the court that the detainee is an old aged person suffering from various old age-related diseases such as hypertension, orthopaedic ailments etc.
"He is also suffering from severe a cardio-vascular ailment which has been developed by him during his detention since August 6," the counsel submitted.
The petition points out that due to pre-existing serious medical conditions, the detenu is most susceptible to coronavirus infection (COVID-19) which has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
In light of the submissions, the petitioner has sought that respondents be directed to change the lodgment of the petitioner and put him under house arrest and home quarantined.