Centre, J&K to review cases of detenues
13 March 2006
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Following up the direction of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a joint meeting of officials from Union Home Ministry and Jammu and Kashmir Government will be held next week to finalise by March 31 the list of detenues to be released in the State. The State Government has already submitted a list of more than 400 people to central security agencies for screening and the list would be finalised at the meeting to be held in Jammu during middle of next week, the sources said. The Prime Minister, during the round-table conference convened by him on February 25, had asked Home Minister Shivraj Patil to form a high-level group of officials to examine all current cases of detention and release detenues who are not facing serious charges by March 31. Following this, the Government revived its earlier high- level committee headed by Special Secretary with Joint Secretary in the Union Home Ministry, State Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner (Home), State police chief and Additional Director General (CID) as its members, official sources said here. Singh, in his concluding remarks at the conference, had said 'I do recognise that we should carry on the task of winning the hearts and minds of the people. The problem of detention under various Acts is certainly an issue of concern. 'I am requesting the Home Minister to form a high-level group of officials to examine all current cases of detention and see whether it is possible to release all detenues against whom there are no serious cases. I think that this should be done before the end of March. I am sure this will go a long way in assuaging the feelings of the people,' he said.