J&K Leader Shah Faesal To Be Released, Stringent Public Safety Act Revoked

Shah Faesal was detained at Delhi airport on August 14 as he was about to fly abroad. Initially, the administration said he was instigating crowds at the airport.

J&K Leader Shah Faesal To Be Released, Stringent Public Safety Act Revoked

Shah Faesal is a vocal critic of the Centre's move to end Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

Srinagar:

Shah Faesal, Jammu and Kashmir's bureaucrat-turned-leader may soon be released as the stringent Public Safety Act against him was revoked, officials said. One of the most vocal critics of the government's move to end Jammu and Kashmir's special status, the 2010 IAS topper was among a number of leaders detained in August.

Later, he and some of the others were booked under the stringent Public Safety Act, which allows detention without trial for up to three months and multiple extensions.

The list included Jammu and Kashmir's former chief ministers Farooq and Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. In March, Farooq and Omar Abdullah were released from detention. Mehbooba Mufti has been allowed to move to her home, but she is still not free officially.

Mr Faesal was detained at Delhi airport on August 14 as he was about to fly abroad. Initially, the administration said he was instigating crowds at the airport.

Two days before that, a Lookout Circular -- under which one is not allowed to leave the country -- was issued against him by the Intelligence Bureau.

Later, when Mr Faesal said he was on his way to the US to complete his studies at the Harvard University, the government questioned why he was travelling on a tourist visa.

A doctor, Mr Faesal quit the IAS in January last year in protest against what he called "unabated killings" in Kashmir and later announced his intention to join politics.

Using the PSA against Farooq Abdullah was the first instance of the law being used against a mainstream politician, especially an MP and a three-time Chief Minister. Usually, it has been used to arrest terrorists, separatists or stone-throwers.