After former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti the Former IAS officer and Chief of Jammu and Kashmir People’s movement Shah Faesal has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Shah Faesal was taken into custody after Article 370 was removed from Kashmir. Under the PSA, one can be kept in custody for at least three months without being tried.
Earlier, the government had registered a case under PSA on former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Apart from these, PSA has also been imposed on Ali Mohammad Sagar, Sartaj Madani, Hilal Lone, Naeem Akhtar. The Supreme Court sought response from the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea filed by Sara Abdullah Pilot challenging the detention of her brother and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah under the PSA.
Under PSA, if the government suspects that you are a threat to public safety or a threat to national security, then even if you have not done anything wrong, the government can take you into custody. The PSA, brought into Sheikh Abdullah’s govt, got the approval of the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on 8 April 1978. The PSA was brought in to rein in the wood smugglers. Under this law, the case of a person taken into custody has to be sent to the govt before the Advisory Board. The board has to give its suggestion in eight weeks. If the board justifies the detention, then the govt can keep the person in detention for up to 2 years without trial.