Srinagar, January 03, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a local court has acquitted Hurriyet leader, Mohammad Qasim Faktoo in a fake case registered against him in 2002.Police had filed a charge-sheet against Mohammad Qasim Faktoo under 13 Unlawful Activities Act at Soura Police Station. After hearing Faktoo’s counsel and prosecution, Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Rajeev Gupta found nothing incriminating on record against Faktoo.
“Four witnesses have been produced by prosecution and none of them has stated anything against Qasim Faktoo. All of them have denied having any knowledge about the facts of the case or having given any statement before the police,” Gupta said, adding, “There being absolutely no evidence against Faktoo, he is acquitted and (police) charge-sheet is dismissed.”
Faktoo has been behind bars for more than 20 years and recently, he filed an appeal against an order by High Court, challenging dismissal of a writ petition for his release after completion of 20 years in prison.
Dr Faktoo, husband of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Asiya Andrabi, was arrested first time in March 1992 in a fake murder case and the investigation was handed over to CBI. After more than seven years of trial, a TADA court acquitted him on July 14, 2001. Subsequently, CBI filed an appeal against his acquittal in Supreme Court, which sentenced him to life imprisonment.
On October 16 last year, a single bench of Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir dismissed Faktoo’s petition seeking his release on the ground that he has already served the period of sentence, i.e., imprisonment for life
Meanwhile, the High Court of the territory directed jail authorities to file a compliance report regarding treatment to Qasim Faktoo within a week.
In its petition, Dr Faktoo has said that he was not provided treatment as advised by a team of doctors from Bone and Joints Surgery Hospital who visited him at Central Jail on the court directives last week.
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