J&K leader Shah Faesal to be freed
Jammu & Kashmir

J&K leader Shah Faesal to be freed

S. Sivadas

S. Sivadas

Mr.Shah Faesal, Jammu and Kashmir's bureaucrat-turned-leader may soon be released as the stringent Public Safety Act against him was revoked, officials said. One of the most vocal critics of the government's move to end the state's special status, the 2010 IAS topper was among a number of leaders detained in August.

Later, he and some of the others were booked under the stringent Public Safety Act, which allows detention without trial for up to three months.

The list included the former chief ministers, Mr. Omar Abdullah and Ms. Mehbooba Mufti. In March, Dr. Farooq and Mr. Omar Abdullah were released from detention. Ms. Mufti has been allowed to move to her home, but she is still not free officially.

Mr Faesal was detained at Delhi airport on August 14 as he was about to fly abroad. Initially, the administration said he was instigating crowds at the airport.

A Lookout Circular -- under which one is not allowed to leave the country -- was issued against him by the Intelligence Bureau.

Later, when Mr Faesal said he was on his way to the US to complete his studies at Harvard University, the government questioned why he was travelling on a tourist visa.

A doctor, Mr Faesal quit the IAS in January last year in protest against what he called 'unabated killings' in Kashmir and later announced his intention to join politics.