New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Shah Faesal, the bureaucrat-turned-politician who is the chief of chief of Jammu & Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM), has been charged under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), reported news agency ANI. 

Faesal, who was among the mainstream J&K leaders detained following the scrapping of Article 370, now joins several former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers who have been booked under PSA.  

Former civill servant announced his intention to join politics last year, was detained at Delhi airport on August 14, 2019 as he was about to fly abroad. He was sent back to Srinagar, and detained since.

While former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah was booked under the PSA in September last year, two other former chief ministers -- Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti -- were booked under the stringent law last week.

Several mainstream politicians were taken into preventive custody ahead of the Centre's announcement on abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5 last year.

Over 20 leaders have either been released or shifted to their residences and put under house arrest.

Omar Abdullah's sister Sara Abdullah Pilot moved the Supreme Court challenging the detention of her brother's arrest and the imposition of PSA on him. The top court, yesterday, issued a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the plea and said it would hear the plea on March 2.


Abdullah, who has been junior foreign minister and commerce minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led Cabinet in 2000, was served with a three-page dossier in which he was alleged to have made statements in the past which were "subversive" in nature.

The grounds also mention his comments on social networking sites to instigate common people against the decisions on Articles 370 and 35-A which had the potential of disturbing public order.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta