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Srinagar, May 15: Although National Intelligence Act is not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir but Kashmiris arrested under the “dreaded” anti-terror law are arbitrarily shifted to Delhi to face trial over there, Kashmir’s High Court Bar Association has said.

The fact has been brought to light by a report by an HCBA team that recently visited Tihar Jail in Delhi and found that 21 Kashmiri’s were languishing in the jail for many years without getting proper legal aid and other facilities entitled to them under law.

In states where NIA has been made applicable, special courts have been created and the under-trials are tried in those courts of the respective states.

“The action of arresting and shifting of accused from Jammu and Kashmir to Delhi is illegal and devoid of any sanction and needs urgent intervention by the members of the legal fraternity,” the team comprising the HCBA president and other members said in the report.......


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