The petitioners had said that the detained father-son duo was not only their friends and colleagues but they were also their legal advisers.
Srinagar: Two National Conference (NC) MPs Hasnain Masoodi and Muhammad Akbar Lone are reported to have met their party vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah at a detention centre here.
This comes a day after the Jammu and Kashmir high court asked the authorities to arrange a meeting of the MP duo with their detained party leaders Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah at the earliest. Mosoodi and Lone were the two petitioners who appealed in the court that the government should be directed to facilitate their meetings with their party leaders. In their petition they had said that they were not allowed to meet them.
Justice Sanjeev Kumar of the high court had asked Srinagar's deputy commissioner Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary to convey the dates of the meeting to the MP duo. The court, however, barred them from sharing the details with press.
The petitioners had said that the detained father-son duo was not only their friends and colleagues but they were also their legal advisers. They had also prayed that they be allowed to meet them as the Supreme Court had recently allowed CPIM’s Sitaram Yechuri to meet his party colleagues Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami who has since been shifted to AIIMS, New Delhi under custody.
While disposing off the petition, the court had said “The DC Srinagar should take immediate steps to facilitate a meeting of the petitioners with Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah at the earliest…it would be appropriate if the petitioners are permitted to meet detainees separately on different occasions, either on the same day or on different days.” The court while barring them from sharing the details with the press said, “That the petitioners shall ensure that their meetings with their party president and vice president are restricted to courtesy calls and to know the well-being of these two leaders.”
Abdullahs are among several hundred mainstream political leaders and activists detained by the authorities on August 5, ahead of J&K being stripped of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and splitting the state into two Union Territories.