HC quashes 34th PSA of Alam, orders his release

Srinagar, Dec 27:
The High Court Tuesday quashed 34th Public Safety Act (PSA) of the Hurriyat Conference (G) senior leader and Muslim League chairman, Masarat Alam Bhat and directed his immediate release.

A Muslim League leader said the judgment about the case was reserved last week and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar announced the judgment today.

He said that this was 34th PSA against Alam during his 17-years of imprisonment so far.
Alam, who is currently languishing at district jail Kathua, is undergoing continuous imprisonment from last more than six years.

According to the court orders, the HC has quashed the detention order on the sole ground that the detention order was passed on one single incident, alleged against the detenue therein.

“The Supreme Court ruled that even one single incident can become ground for ordering the detention of the detenue. In the case on hand, the detention order of the detenue is not declared invalid just because there was only one ground available to the Detaining Authority but it is held to be illegal in view of the elaborate discussion made in this judgment,” read the document.

Alam, languishing in a jail in Kathua near Jammu, was booked under the PSA following the 2010 unrest that left over 120 people dead in the Valley.
Alam was accused of spearheading the 2010 agitation.