SRINAGAR: J&K high court on Tuesday quashed the detention of
general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Sagar was put under detention on the night of August 5, 2019, when Article 370 was nullified, and PSA was slapped on him on February 5 this year.
Quashing the order to detain Sagar under PSA, passed by
magistrate on February 5, a single-judge bench of Justice Sindhu Sharma said: “Respondents shall set the detenu at liberty forthwith, provided he is not required in any other case.”
In its order, the HC held that “(PSA) detention order of detenu is illegal because the detaining authority has not shown its awareness to the fact that the detenu was already in custody… .”
Sagar is the first mainstream politician whose PSA detention order has been quashed by the HC. Earlier this year, the authorities had revoked PSA against NC president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president
, and released them from detention.
Expressing happiness over the court order, Omar on Tuesday tweeted: “The J&K High Court has quashed the detention of my senior colleague @JKNC_ General Secretary Ali Mohd Sagar. Thankfully, he challenged his detention even when those around him were reluctant to. This once again highlights the unjust & indefensible nature of the 5th Aug detentions.”
“Extremely happy to let all of you know that the PSA against Sagar sb. has been quashed by the J&K high court after the court proceedings which took 6 hearings and finally the judgement has been delivered. Thanks to entire @JKNC_ family and party leadership for being a great,” Sagar's son Salman Sagar tweeted.