New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court issued a notice to the J&K administration to justify the detention of former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, former IAS officer Shah Faesal has been booked under the Public Safety Act. Faesal was the head of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement Party.

Faesal was arrested on August 14, 2019, almost a week after the Article 370 was abrogated.

The Public Safety Act (PSA), 1978, of Jammu & Kashmir is an administrative detention law that allows detention of any individual for up to two years without a trial or charge. The Public Safety Act allows for the arrest and detention of people without a warrant, specific charges, and often for an unspecified period of time.

Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were booked under this act on February 6 while they were under detention. Ex-Cm Farooq Abdullah was also brought under this Act last year. Omar Abdullah’s sister Sara Abdullah Pilot challenged the detention of his brother under PSA and senior advocate, Congress leader Kapil Sibal appeared for Abdullahs.

Who is Shah Faesal?

Shah Faesal became the first Kashmiri to have ranked first in the Civil Services Examination. From 2009 to 2019, he held various administrative posts. In 2019, he left his job and launched his own political party. He also holds an MBBS degree, a master’s degree in Urdu. n 2018, he received the Fulbright-Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School.