Fasih’s disappearance important matter,report by Jun 6: SC to govt

Supreme Court asked the Centre to file its reply by June 6

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 2, 2012 3:19 am

Dissatisfied with the failure of the senior counsel representing the Union ministries of Centre and the Delhi Government to give proper replies to its questions on the whereabouts of missing engineer Fasih Mohammad,who went missing from Saudi Arabia after being allegedly picked up by Indian intelligence sleuths on May 13,the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to file its reply by June 6.

The Bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar,which was hearing the habeas corpus petition filed by Fasih’s wife Nikhat Parveen’s,listed the matter for June 6 but not before telling the senior counsel,“It is an important matter. We want to know the whereabouts of the petitioner’s husband.”

When the senior counsel tried to read from newspaper reports,which quoted Union Home Minister P Chidambaram as saying that a Red Corner Notice for Fasih Mohammad had been issued,the Bench intervened and said,“It is an important matter,don’t read from (a) newspaper.”

The Bench told the counsel that instead of reading from a newspaper report,he should tell what were his instructions from the government.

On Thursday,Chidambaram had said reports that Fasih had been detained by Indian intelligence agencies were “completely wrong”.

On Wednesday,the apex court had issued notices to MHA and MEA on Nikhat Parveen’s petition seeking directions to the authorities to produce her husband. The court had asked the ministries to respond by Friday.

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