Masarat's PSA detention quashed
Srinagar, Jan 1: The High Court Friday quashed the detention of Muslim League Chairman, Masrat Alam, under Public Safety Act and directed the State to release him if not required in some other case. The state government had slapped a fresh PSA case against Masarat Alam last month.
The High Court has quashed the PSA on the separatist leader for about a dozen times but the state government, instead of releasing him, has been imposing fresh cases on Masrat under the controversial Act.
Masratís counsel Main Abdul Qayoom in his argument said there were no compelling reasons for his detention. He said the imposition of PSA on Masrat Alam was revoked on October 29, 2009, but the state government never released him since then.
The prosecution said Masrat was involved in unlawful activities and disrupting peace in the Valley. However, Qayoom argued that Masrat had not been released since his PSA was revoked so how could he be involved in unlawful activities and disrupting peace. He said the argument of the prosecution was baseless.
Following the submissions made by counsels, the High Court directed the State to release Masrat Alam if not required in some other case.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Jan 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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