J&K: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal detained under PSA

Faesal joins a long list of leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including three former chief ministers who have been booked under the stringent PSA

Former IAS officer and chief of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) Shah Faesal, who has been under detention since mid-August, was on Friday (February 14)  booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

PSA allows detention without trial for up to three months with multiple extensions.

The 2010 batch civil services topper resigned from the services to protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir.

He floated the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement party after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service.

Faesal joins a long list of leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who have been booked under the PSA by the J&K administration.

Both Abdullah and Mufti have been under preventive detention since August 5 last year when the Narendra Modi government abrogated Article 370 revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcating it into two Union Territories.

The act is often regarded as a ‘draconian law’ which empowers the government to detain individuals whose actions can be seen as “instigating, provoking or disturbing, or is likely to disturb public order”.

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the plea of National Conference leader Omar Abdullah’s sister challenging his detention under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.