J&K undertrial aspires to be an IAS officer
Shabir Bukhari was arrested in 2006 and has six cases of militancy filed against him.
Srinagar: An Lashkar-e-Taiba militant facing trial in several high-profile cases wants to write the civil services exams.
A local court in Srinagar directed the superintendent of Central Jail Srinagar to facilitate the "applicant" Shabir Ahmad Bukhari in submitting his form.
"You are hereby directed to facilitate the applicant/accused Shabir Ahmad Bukari to submit his form for civil services in accordance with the jail manual," Srinagar District Judge Sanjeev Gupta said in an order to the central
jail authorities last week.
Bukhari, a resident of Kreeri village in north Kashmir's Baramulla district and a law graduate, has earlier applied twice in the state civil services.
He once cleared the preliminary exams but could not sit for the mains as he reached the examination centre late due to non-availability of escort party.
Bukhari was arrested in 2006 and has six cases of militancy filed against him including plotting to kill former Minister of State for Education Ghulam Nabi Lone.
He is also facing trial on charges of planning a suicide attack in Srinagar during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the Valley in 2004.
A senior jail official, on condition of anonymity, said Bukhari will be provided with books and newspapers.
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