Get info on man languishing in Pak jail, HC tells MEA

Get info on man languishing in Pak jail, HC tells MEA

The parents of a man from Virajpet, Kodagu district, have approached the High Court of Karnataka, seeking the release of their son, said to be lodged in the Lahore jail in Pakistan.

The couple had given a representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in 2015. They, however, have not got any response.

P M Kushalappa and P K Meenakshi, residents of Kaikeri village, Gonikoppa, Virajpet taluk, have approached the court, seeking a direction to get information about their son, who has been convicted by a Pakistani court for entering the country without a visa.

The couple’s son, P K Yeshwant, who was given the name Ramesh following his conviction, was a student of Cauvery Polytechnic in Virajpet. He was sent to Mysuru for training and went missing since December 2006.

Though a missing complaint was registered by his parents with the KR police in Mysuru, the police filed a B-report in 2010 and closed the case. In 2014, the parents saw Yeshwant’s picture published in a newspaper.

They learnt that their son had been housed in Lahore jail and had completed his punishment. The information was given to the parents by the ministry of external affairs (MEA) through the Mysuru police.

Hearing the petition, Justice A S Bopanna directed assistant solicitor general Krishna S Dixit to get information on the steps taken by the MEA to get Yeshwant released.

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