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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sr advocate Hakeem Ishtiyaq passes away

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Mar 6: Senior advocate of Jammu & Kashmir High Court, Hakeem Ishtiyaq Hussain, has passed away during the process of treatment in New Delhi yesterday. Designated senior advocate by the High Court two years back, he was son of a District and Sessions Judge, late Hakeem Ghulam Hussain, and younger brother of lately retired judge of Jammu & Kashmir High Court and presently Member of J&K Accountability Commission, Justice Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussain. 

Hakeem Ishtiyaq suffered from liver cancer for few years and had recently undergone a surgical procedure at Medicity Hospital, in Delhi.The procedure involved part transplantation of liver donated by his daughter.

Dead body was in being carried from New Delhi to Srinagar by road. Large number of people from all walks of like called on the bereaved family and expressed their condolences. Funeral is likely to take place here today.

Founder editor and publisher of Srinagar Law Journal and Law Publications, Hakeem Ishtiyaq was himself author of several publications including a research-based work on preventive detention laws in vogue in J&K and rest of the country. He had been practicing law at J&K High Court since 1985.

According to highly placed and informed sources, he alongwith senior additional advocate general Ali Mohammad Magray, had emerged as top probable for the two vacancies of judges, from Kashmir Bar, likely to be filled up later this year. According to sources two more incumbents were likely to be picked up from Jammu Bar. Besides, two senior Principal District and Sessions Judges could be elevated and inducted as additional judges in J&K High Court which had more than half of its sanctioned strength vacant.

High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, have communicated their condolences to the bereaved family, particularly Justice Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussain.

The work remained suspended in all the courts including the High Court and the subordinate courts at Srinagar on Tuesday on the part of lawyers as per the decision of the Executive Committee of HCBA.

To pay homage to the departed soul, a condolence meeting was held today at the conference hall of J&K High Court in Srinagar. A number of lawyers paid rich tributes to their departed colleague and appreciated his unmatched contribution to Bar, legal services and legal research and academics. Being the state’s only law publication, Srinagar Law Journal has published almost all landmark judgments of J&K High Court in the last over 25 years. Hakeem Ishtiyaq had also provided a helping hand to his brother Justice Imtiyaz Hussain in compiling and publishing voluminous books on J&K Service Laws and J&K Revenue Laws. Late Hakeem had also compiled and published a book on the preventive detention laws in vogue in India and the conflict riddled states of north east and Jammu and Kashmir.


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