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J&K: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal booked under PSA

Farooq Abdullah was booked under the PSA in September 2019, which was reviewed again in December and extended for three more months

Srinagar: Former IAS officer and Jammu and Kashmir leader Shah Faesal have been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) after his six-month-long detention came to an end on Saturday. Currently, the number of J&K leaders booked under the PSA has risen up to eight, adding former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti.

On August 14, 2019, over a week after the Centre had revoked Article 370 that accorded special status to J&K, Faesal was stopped to travel abroad from Delhi airport and sent back to Srinagar, where he was placed under preventive detention.

The reports also referred to Mehbooba as “Daddy’s girl” and “Kota Rani”, and accuses the former chief minister of making anti-national remarks and extending support to organisations such as the Jamaat-e-Islamia, which has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Farooq Abdullah was booked under the PSA in September 2019, which was reviewed again in December and extended for three more months.

The Act allows the detention of any individual for up to two years without a trial or charge. The legislation also allows for the arrest and detention of people without a warrant, specific charges, and often for an unspecified period of time. The act, which came handy for the police to book separatists and militant sympathisers, has two sections — ‘public order’ and ‘threat to the security of the state’. The former allows detention without trial for six months and the latter for two years.

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