Jammu and Kashmir: HC orders release of separatist leader Masarat Alam
Under the PSA a person can be detained for two years by the order of a district magistrate without any judicial intervention.
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat from preventive custody.
High Court directed the Mehbooba Mufti-led state government to release Masarat Alam Bhat who has been in jail for the last six years on charges of fomenting trouble and posing a threat to public safety in the state.
The direction came after Court quashed the Public Safety Act (PSA) against separatist leader and directed his immediate release.
As of now, Masarat Alam is lodged in district jail of Kathua in Jammu.
It is believed that Masarat Alam is a close aide of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and brain behind the 2010 agitation. He had been accused of spearheading the 2010 agitation during which over 120 people, mostly youth, were killed in security forces firing.
Alam was accused of having orchestrated violent anti-India protests in the valley after the Indian Army killed three civilians in an alleged fake shootout near the de facto border with Pakistan.
It is to be noted that under the PSA a person can be detained for two years by the order of a district magistrate without any judicial intervention.