Masarat slapped with yet another PSA

Umar Shah
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday slapped yet another PSA on senior pro-freedom leader Masarat Alam Bhat after he was re-arrested by the police in Jammu jail premises minutes after authorities released him on orders of the J&K High Court.
Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh told Kashmir Reader over the phone that Alam has been detained again by the government after another PSA against him. Refusing to divulge further details, Singh merely said the pro-freedom leader was under detention after the new PSA.
Alam’s detention order was earlier quashed by the High Court on August 21, which was hearing a petition seeking his release. The court had stated that the law has been “operated against Alam in an unfair, unjust and unreasonable manner”.
“Preventive detention is undemocratic and repugnant to rule of law. It violates the fundamental principle of criminal jurisprudence, which stresses on presumption of innocence of the accused till he is proved guilty in a fair and transparent trial,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said in his 17-page judgment, while quashing Alam’s latest detention – of the nearly 20 such detentions under the PSA in the past 25 years.

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