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J&K HC quashes detention of human right activist Khurram Parvez

Parvez was arrested by J&K police from his home in Srinagar on September 15, a day after he was not allowed to board a Geneva-bound flight from Delhi to attend a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

The Jammu and Kashmir high court on Friday quashed the detention of prominent human rights activist Khurram Parvez under the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA), The Indian Express reported.

Parvez was arrested by J&K police from his home in Srinagar on September 15, a day after he was not allowed to board a Geneva-bound flight from Delhi to attend a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. On September 21, Parvez was booked under the PSA and lodged in Jammu’s Kot Bhalwal jail.

The order, passed by justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, further released Parvez from preventive custody. “…he (the detaining authority) has not been sure whether the activities of the detenue were prejudicial to the security of the state or maintenance of public order… the detention order suffers from lack of application of mind on the part of the detaining authority,’’ the order said.

“Though it is the duty of the state and its authorities to maintain peace in society, it is equally their responsibility to ensure that laws, which they invoke to achieve such purpose, are followed and complied with honestly,” the order said.

As many as 52 activists, scholars, writers and lawyers had written an open letter on September 18 demanding his immediate release. Parvez is a programme coordinator with the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, and the chairperson of Asian Federation Against involuntary Disappearances.

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