NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Thursday said that former Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, MLA Mohd Yusuf Tarigami should be shifted “at the earliest" to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, from Srinagar, where he is under house arrest.

The Supreme Court order followed a petition by CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury stating that Tarigami needed medical assistance, but was unable to receive adequate medical help as restrictions were imposed on the family and “nobody was allowed to exit or enter the house".

The apex court said Tarigami should be shifted following consultations between doctors at Srinagar’s Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences and AIIMS. In response, Yechury told the three-judge bench that he has no objection if Tarigami was shifted to AIIMS for better treatment.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S.A. Bobde and S.A. Nazeer, also sought a reply from the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a habeas corpus petition filed by Yechury seeking that Tarigami be produced before the court, considering that he has been “under house arrest since 5 August without any order".

The matter will be next heard on 16 September.

On 28 August, the top court had allowed Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet Tarigami. The court had also given strict instructions that the CPM leader would just meet his party members and report back and should not be involved in anything else as it would result in violation of the court order and he would be held responsible for contempt of court.

In a separate plea, the Supreme Court allowed Peoples Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Iqbal to meet her mother in Srinagar. In her petition, Iltija had said that she was concerned about her mother’s health as they had not met for a month. Iltija had also claimed that she was sceptical that she will not be allowed to move around in Srinagar.

The bench said Iltija can visit Srinagar and meet her mother as there was no impediment, but she must seek permission from the local administration to move around Srinagar.

Mehbooba Mufti has been in detention in a hut at Chashmeshahi near the governor’s residence in Srinagar.

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