Jammu and Kashmir High Court upholds Alam’s detention under PSA

Jammu and Kashmir High Court upholds Alam’s detention under PSA
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Srinagar: The J&K High court on Friday did not overturn the 36th Public Safety Act of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam Bhat who is lodged at Kotbalwal Jail, citing the reason that Alam’s activities are threat to state’s security.

Justice Tashi Rabstan who had reserved the verdict on Alam’s detention two weeks back pronounced the judgement today.

The court said that, “ from momentary look of detention record produced by respondents pertaining to detention of detenue passed by District Magistrate, Kupwara, unveils that detenue is an active member of Hurriyat Conference Group (G) and is a staunch supporter of secessionist ideology, seeking cessation of the State of J&K from the Union of India.”

The court further said that, “Detenue is shown to have organised a group in the name of Muslim League, which is headed by detenue himself. His activities are said to have caused huge ‘loss of life and property’, particularly during 2008, 2010 and 2016. Detenue has been shown issuing protest calendars, which caused huge loss to the State in terms of revenue as common people and employees were not able to earn their livelihood due to these protests organised by detenu and his associates, and forced people to adhere to the same forcibly, through stone pelting.”

Court remarked that Alam, as is discernible from grounds of detention, will persist his efforts to create situation of chaos in the area in particular, and the Valley in general. “Thus, it is deducible from detention record that there was material before detaining authority to come to conclusion and hence, it cannot be said that subjective satisfaction of detaining authority was wrongly arrived at or grounds of detention are self-contradictory or vague.”

The petition was moved by Alam’s Uncle before court for overturning the PSA of his nephew.