Masarat Alam issue rocks Parliament; Home Minister seeks clarification from J&K govt

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 09 March 2015, 03:44 PM

Opposition today created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam by PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir demanding an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even as the government asserted that it was not consulted on the issue.

As soon as the House met, several Opposition parties, including Congress, raised the issue and demanded suspension of Question Hour.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the Centre has sought a clarification from the Jammu and Kashmir Government on the release of separatist leaderMasarat Alam.

"We have sought some clarification from the J-K Government on the matter, and after that, if the Speaker allows us, we will inform the Parliament of the same," Singh told media.

Earlier in the day, the Home Minister informed the Lok Sabha that although 27 criminal cases are against Alam, he has been granted bail in all the cases.

Singh also informed the House that the High Court has said, 'a person cannot be detained for more than two years under the Public Safety Act'.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that there will be no compromise on national security, adding that the Centre was neither informed nor consulted about the release of Alam.

However, leaders of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, RJD and CPI (M) expressed their displeasure with the responses of the Prime Minister and Home Minister and staged a walkout. 

First Published: Monday, March 09, 2015 01:08 PM
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