A local court has issued notice to the CPI (M) state secretary and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousf Tarigami, calling him a ‘proclaimed offender’ in a case related to the demand of a separate district for Kulgam in 1989.
Tarigami was asked to appear before the court of district and sessions judge Kulgam on Monday. According to KNS, while pleading the case before the Court, Tarigami wondered how could he be declared a ‘proclaimed offender’ when he was a highly protected person since 1990. His council Arshid Baba told Court that there was an FIR lodged against MLA under No. 27/93 under sections 307, 148, 149,332,336,184 and 427 RPC but argued as how could one be booked for demanding a separate district. The court has asked Tarigami to appear again in person on May 5.
Meanwhile, talking to KNS, Tarigami while expressing surprise over the notice said, “I have contested three assembly and two parliamentary polls and am under security cover since 1990.” He added, “How could I be declared proclaimed offender when I remain under police cover round the clock.”
Pertinently Tarigami had participated in a protest march in 1989, demanding a separate district for Kulgam.