Three senior mainstream leaders, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Bashir Ahmad Veeri and Sarjaj Madni, who are detained for last six months have now been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA).
The three leaders were arrested on the evening of August 4 last year, a day before the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A and bifurcating state into two Union Territories.
Sagar is a National Conference leader and former minister, Bashir Veeri, former NC legislator and Sartaj Madani, former deputy speaker and the maternal uncle of PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Their six-month preventive custody ended on Thursday.
Meanwhile, reports said that former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will remain in detention for some more time. Most other political leaders were released after signing a bond not to indulge in political activity, but at least 10 continue to be held.
The three detained former chief ministers — that includes Farooq Abdullah, Omar’s father — will be the last to be released, reports said.
The government will also extend the detention of former IAS officer Shah Faesal, now a politician.
Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Shah Faesal are in preventive custody under Section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
The government is said to be considering whether to keeping using Section 107 of the CrPC, or to use the Public Safety Act (PSA).
The PSA is a 1978 Jammu and Kashmir law, often described as a draconian measure that allows authorities to detain a person for up to two years without a trial. This provision was used to detain Farooq Abdullah.