Flag torching: Warrants against Geelani, Malik

The warrants were issued in a case of showing disrespect to Constitution and torching the tricolour 18 years ago.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 19:05 IST

A Special TADA Court in Srinagar has issued non-bailable warrants against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah and senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mohammad Yaseen Malik.

The warrants were issued in a case of showing disrespect to Constitution and torching the tricolour 18 years ago.

Taking serious note of non-appearance of the accused in the court, Additional Judge of the Special TADA Court Asmat Hussain Shah issued NBWs against the three as also another separatist leader Nayeem Ahmad Khan on Tuesday, court sources said on Thursday.

Police had registered a case against 24 people, including Shah, Geelani, Malik and Khan for showing disrespect to the Constitution and torching the national flag during a public meeting organised by the now-defunct Muslim United Front at Iqbal Park on August 20, 1987.

Police presented a chargesheet in the court against the accused in 1987.

When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, barring two accused no one appeared in the court.

The Public Prosecutor informed the court that a month back summons were issued by the court against former chief minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah.

However, a compliance report said there was no person of the name of Ghulam Mohammad Shah present in Kashmir even though Shah had been the chief minister of the state.

The next hearing of the case has been fixed for March 11.

The other prominent accused in the case -- Abdul Gani Lone, Qazi Nissar Ahmed, Hilal Ahmad Baigh and Umer Mukhtar -- have passed away.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 19:05 IST