Despite Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday ordering the state government to release Khurram Parvez, the human rights activist is still locked up in jail owing to a “minor clerical error”.
The date of detention in the Public Safety Act warrant was wrongly mentioned as September 19, instead of September 21, said a Facebook post by the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society. Parvez is the programme coordinator of JKCCS and the chairperson of Asian Federation Against involuntary Disappearances.
The post said that the jail authorities stated they would require a formal corrigendum from the court before they can release Parvez. “An application for corrigendum will be urgently moved before the J&K High Court at Srinagar tomorrow,” added JKCCS. State Home Secretary RK Goel told The Indian Express that he has not received any such order to rectify the date.
Parvez was detained under the Jammu and Kashmir’s Public Safety Act on September 15, a day after he was barred from boarding a flight to Geneva from Delhi Airport for a United Nations meeting. On September 21, he was taken into preventive custody for the second time.
On Friday, the high court had termed Parvez’s detention ‘illegal’ and said that the “detaining authority had abused its powers”.