Former IAS officer and president of the People’s Movement of Jammu & Kashmir (JKPM) party Shah Faesal has been charged under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
Shah Faesal has joined the list of leaders in Jammu and Kashmir booked under the PSA.
Only recently Farooq Abdulla, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Sartaj Madani, Hilal Lone, and Nayeem Akhtar were arrested under PSA.
Since 14 August last year, Shah Faesal has been in protective detention under section 107 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). He was arrested, and later transferred to Srinagar’s MLA hostel.
It is not clear though whether Faesal will be moved home or held in the sub-jail of the MLA hostel.
The PSA is often characterized as a punitive law, which allows the authorities to detain an individual without trial for up to two years.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a petition filed by Sara Abdullah Pilot challenging the detention of her brother and leader of the National Conference, Omar Abdullah, under the PSA.
Sara Abdullah Pilot said Friday that all Kashmiris should be entitled to the same rights as other citizens.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for Pilot, told the supreme court that it is a petition for habeas corpus and Omar has been in custody since last year’s August 4th.
Habeas corpus is writer seeking to bring an unlawfully illegally detained individual before a judge.