A lawyer for five suspected SIMI men who are currently lodged at Bhopal Central Jail was unable to enter the prison premises to meet his clients on Saturday, prompting him to approach the police.
The district and sessions court on Friday, allowed counsel Parvez Alam a 20-minute meet with five suspected operatives of the banned outfit in the jail. Judge Ram Kumar Chaube, while dismissing a revision petition filed by the Madhya Pradesh government, specified that the lawyer should stick to the rules of the state jail manual.
However, on Saturday, Alam alleged that the prison authorities demanded that he fill a form stating that Adil, Irfan, Javed, Zuber and Mohammed Sadiq, who he was to meet, were his relatives.
“They are my clients, not my relatives. I don’t understand why they (the prison authorities) are behaving like this,” Alam told HT. “They are now trying to frame me too as a SIMI activist,” he said.
Alam registered a complaint at the Gandhinagar police station, alleging that the Bhopal Central Jail authorities “denied” him a meeting with his clients, despite permission from the judiciary. He also said that he has informed the matter to chief judicial magistrate Bhubhaskar Yadav.
“The Honourable CJM was busy in the Lok Adalat and said that he will hear the matter on November 17,” Alam said.
Meanwhile, jail superintendent Dinesh Nargave said his office was only going by routine formalities.
“We took his identity proof, and also wanted him to fill up a form. It is a routine procedure. We never stopped him from meeting his clients,” he told HT.