In a massive twist in the ongoing detention of several Kashmiri politicians, Kashmir People's Movement founder and former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Monday has moved the Delhi High Court challenging his detention, as per sources.
Sources further report that the High Court has issued a notice to the Central government to reply to Faesal's plea by Friday. The case is reportedly scheduled to be heard on Friday in Delhi HC.
Faesal was detained from the Delhi Airport on Wednesday while he was about to leave the country. As per sources, he was headed to Turkey when he was detained at the airport and sent back to Jammu and Kashmir and placed under preventive custody till further notice. He was detained and then arrested under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA).
Earlier on Thursday, the former IAS officer had been taken to a makeshift detention center at the Centaur Hotel in Srinagar. As per the officials, he was shifted from his home to the hotel during the late Wednesday night.
After his detention, J&K Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal refused to comment over Faesal's house arrest stating that any detention or arrest being made is based on the local assessment of law and order and necessary steps are taken accordingly.
Recently on Eid, the Kashmiri leader posted a tweet saying that there is no Eid until the 'last bit of insult is avenged', in the light of the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Fearmongering over events in the Valley, Faesal went on to claim that the Kashmiris across the world are mourning the 'illegal annexation' of their land.
Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal, who shot to limelight after becoming the first Kashmiri to top the civil services exam 2009, resigned from his post earlier in January 2019. Faesal went on to launch his political party 'Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement' at a function in Rajbagh area of Srinagar, which saw the participation from hundreds of the people in the region.