Bandipora: A court on Monday extended stay on the bail order to Muslim League chairman and senior Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam Bhat by 12 more days.
Alam, who is currently being detained at Police Station Sumbal, had been granted bail by Chief Judicial Magistrate Bandipora in a case (FIR no. 53/2015) on February 21.
However, the state government challenged the bail order before the Sessions Judge Bandipora who suspended its operation until 27 February.
The Court had posted the case for filing of the objection by Alam to the government’s revision plea, suspended the bail order till March 10.
On January 19, City Munsiff, Judicial Magistrate 1st Class Srinagar, ordered the police to release Alam after granting bail to him in a case registered in police station Harwan in 2010 under section 13 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
On December 28 last year, the J&K high court had ordered Alam’s release “forthwith from preventive detention”.
The court had passed the orders on Alam’s plea challenging the latest of the 34th detention orders under Public Safety Act, described as lawless law by amnesty international.
Alam was released after a 53-month-long captivity on March 7 2015. However he was again re-arrested on 17 April 2015 and was ordered to be detained under the PSA by the ruling PDP-BJP government to calm down “anger” expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his release. His earlier PSA detentions were also quashed by the high court with a direction to authorities to release him. But he continues to be behind bars.