Srinagar, Nov 9: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has quashed PSA detention orders against four persons and has directed authorities to release them immediately if they were not required in any other case.
Allowing a petition by Abdul Gani Mir of Damhal Hanjipora against the detention order at pre-execution stage of the accused, a bench of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir observed that the case is out of sync with the provisions of law.
The PSA was slapped on Mir on September 25, 2006 and same was not executed till 2008. Subsequently the High Court stayed the detention order after Mir approached it.
"When the authorities have not executed the order of detention for two years that would suggest that the detainee has not acted in any manner which would warrant preventive detention," Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir held in his order.
In a separate direction, the court also quashed the detention order of Umar Sidiq Hakeem of Malaknag Islamabad (Anantnag).
Hakeem, 28, was booked under PSA on June 20, 2013 by district magistrate Islamabad (Anantnag) on the grounds that his activities were pre-judicial to the security of the state and maintenance of public order.
After hearing his counsel, the court observed that district magistrate himself was not certain as to whether the activities of Hakeem were threat to security of state and maintenance of public order.
Quashing the detention order, the court directed authorities to release him forthwith if not involved in any other offence.
The court also quashed PSA detention order against Khusheed Ahmad Lone of Matan Chowk Islamabad (Anantnag).
In one more direction, the court also quashed detention under PSA against Muhammad Younis Bhat of Hardpora Kokernag, said advocate Mir Shafqat who represented Bhat.