HC quashes PSA detention of Jamaat spokesman

HC quashes PSA detention of Jamaat spokesman

Srinagar, March 3

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today quashed the detention order of the chief spokesperson for the banned Jamaat-e-Islami Zahid Ali.

The orders in this regard were passed today by a single Bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan, which was hearing a habeas corpus petition challenging the detention of Jamaat spokesman under the Public Safety Act.

Ali has been under police detention since of February 22, 2019. In March 2019, he was ordered to be booked under the Public Safety Act. Later on, Zahid Ali challenged the detention before the High Court, which quashed the orders.

But he was not released and detained again under the Public Safety Act by the authorities concerned by passing a subsequent detention order against him, which has now been set aside by the High Court, his counsel told The Tribune.

The Jamaat spokesman was first detained by the police during midnight raid from his residence in February 2019 and was shifted to the Shergari police station in Srinagar. After a week he was shifted to the Geanderbal police station where from he was moved to Central Jail, Srinagar, after being booked under the Public Safety Act. — TNS

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