Repubic has accessed the petition filed by J&K People's Movement leader Shah Faesal challenging his detention by the Centre in Delhi High Court. The former IAS officer claimed in his petition that he was on his way to Harvard University in the US for higher studies when he was 'illegally detained' at the Delhi airport under the Public Safety Act (PSA). He had asked for a copy of the look-out notice, saying that it was on the basis of the notice he was detained in Delhi. His plea said that he was abducted.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the response of the Centre on a plea of bureaucrat-turned politician Shah Faesal, who is currently detained in Srinagar, J&K to give him a copy of the look-out circular issued against him. A bench of justices Manmohan and Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal asked the Centre to file its response on or before September 2 and listed it for hearing on September 3 along with a habeas corpus petition filed on behalf of Shah Faesal, challenging his detention. The former IAS officer Shah Feasal's counsel said they do not know the grounds on which the look-out circular (LOC) was issued. The counsel said LOC can only prevent him from travelling but it cannot justify his arrest and detention and there is "malafide" on the part of the Centre.
The petition against the scrapping of Article 370 has been filed by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, advocate ML Sharma, National Conference MPs Mohammed Akbar Lone and Justice (rtd) Hasnain Masoodi. The NC leaders have challenged the changes made in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Centre. They have also been joined by former IAS officer Shah Faesal and former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid. Civil society members such Radha Kumar also joined in the plea.
On August 15, a day after being detained at the Delhi international airport, former IAS officer Shah Faesal was taken to a makeshift detention centre at the Centaur Hotel in Srinagar, J&K. As per the officials, he was shifted from his home to the hotel in J&K during the late Wednesday night. After being detained at the Delhi airport, he was again detained under the PSA on his arrival in J&K capital Srinagar. The J&K People's movement leader had posted a tweet saying that there is no Eid until the 'last bit of insult is avenged', in the light of the revocation of the special status of J&K.