PSA revoked, J&K govt releases Shah Faesal after 300 days of detention

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday revoked the draconian Public Safety Act against former civil servant-turned-politician Shah Faesal.

Public Safety Act (PSA) against Faesal, which was extended by three months on May 14, has now been superseded by the order from J&K govt, an official told Maktoob.

Faesal, who was booked under the PSA on February 15, had been in detention since August last year after the Centre scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

According to the police, the former IAS officer was charged for advocating “soft separatism” through his social media posts and articles.

Faesal, the first Kashmiri to place first in the Indian Civil Services Examination, had resigned from the Indian bureaucracy in protest on 9 January 2019, citing “unabated killings” in Kashmir.

PSA against Pir Mansoor and Sartaj Madani two PDP members were also revoked.

On 5 May, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s detention under the PSA was also extended by three more months.

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