J-K high court quashes Masarat Alam's detention under PSA

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 11:49 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir high court on Friday quashed detention of hardline Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

The controversial Muslim League leader was arrested on April 17 after he raised pro-Pakistan slogans at a rally to receive hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani in Srinagar. Geelani was coming to Srinagar after his treatment in Delhi.

The order was issued by Justice Hasnain Masoodi, who had reserved it on July 7, 2015. Masoodi directed the police to release Alam, who has been lodged in the Kot Balwal jail in Jammu.

After over four years of detention in connection with the 2010 summer agitation in the valley, Alam was released in March -- soon after the PDP-led government came to power.

Alam’s release had snowballed into a major controversy in March with opposition parties stalling Parliament, demanding the BJP pull out of the J-K ruling alliance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forced to give a statement in Parliament, expressing anguish over the release.

However, it was after some letters in social media that showed the state’s Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government had no direct role in the matter and the release order came during the Central rule.

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