Under Detention After Govt’s Article 370 Move, Bureaucrat-turned-Politician Shah Faesal Slapped With PSA


With this the number of J&K leaders booked under the PSA has risen up to eight, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

Under Detention After Govt's Article 370 Move, Bureaucrat-turned-Politician Shah Faesal Slapped With PSA
Former IAS officer Shah Faesal. (Image: PTI)

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

On August 14, over a week after the Centre repealed Article 370 that accorded special status to J&K, Faesal was stopped from flying out of the country at the Delhi airport and sent back to Srinagar, where he was placed under preventive detention. Faesal, a topper of the 2009 UPSC civil services exams, resigned from the government services and joined mainstream politics in January 2019. Two months later, he launched his own political party – the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement.

The PSA 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 PSA, which came handy for the police force to book separatists and militant sympathisers, has two sections — ‘public order’ and ‘threat to security of the state’. The former allows detention without trial for six months and the latter for two years.

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