HC quashes PSA detention of Masarat Alam

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday quashed detention of Muslim League chairman, Masarat Alam Bhat who was booked under Public Safety Act on April 15, this year.
HC quashes PSA detention of Masarat Alam
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The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday quashed detention of Muslim League chairman, Masarat Alam Bhat who was booked under Public Safety Act on April 15, this year. 

A bench of Justice Hasnain Massodi announced the judgment today which it had earlier reserved on a petition filed by Masarat through his counsel, Mian Abdul Qayoom, challenging his detention under PSA. However, the judgment was not available immediately. 

On April 17, this year Bhat was booked under PSA and shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail after his release by the new PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir had triggered a controversy.

Bhat was released in March this year after his detention of over four years under PSA. 

He was, however, arrested on charges of waging war against the country and sedition after he allegedly raised anti-national slogans during a rally organised for Hurriat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani. Pakistani flags were allegedly hoisted in the rally. 

The 45-year-old leader was remanded to seven-day police custody after his arrest. 

Police had registered a case against Bhat, Geelani and several other separatist leaders under Sections 121-A (waging war against the country), 124 (sedition), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 147 (rioting) of Ranbir Penal Code among others.

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