Ailing CPI (M) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami on Monday was shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi from Srinagar where he was under house arrest. Accompanied by a doctor, a relative and a police officer, Tarigami arrived in Delhi and was immediately taken to AIIMS, the officials said. Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi last week had said it was inclined to shift Tarigami, the former CPI (M) MLA, to AIIMS. Tensions are high in Kashmir after New Delhi on August 5 announced abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and decided to bifurcate the state into Union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh - hours after Kashmir was placed under a total clampdown.
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury had told the Supreme Court bench that he has no objection if Tarigami was shifted to AIIMS for better treatment.
“We want to reserve our right to challenge the detention of former MLA in Habeas Corpus (bring the person) plea,” Yechury told the apex court.
Earlier, Top Court had allowed Yechury to visit Kashmir and meet his party member in the state. "Yechury should not indulge in any other act except meeting Tarigami, else it will be construed as violation of the Court’s order," the top court said.
The Supreme Court had also allowed Iltija Iqbal to meet mother Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed Iltija to meet her after she submitted in the court that she has no problem in going to her Srinagar residence but has not been able to move out freely there. In her petition, Iltija had submitted that she is concerned about her mother's health as she has not met her for a month.
Previously, Iltijja had also written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “Today while the rest of the country celebrates India’s Independence Day, Kashmiris have been caged like animals and deprived of basic human rights. It’s suffocating and humiliating to be treated in this manner. I have to grovel for permission to allow my aged grandmother to visit her son. Is she also a potential threat?”, Iltija wrote on August 15.
Apart from Mufti, Omar Abdullah’s family has also been allowed to meet him.