No detenue on Azad killer: JK High Court

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Srinagar, May 13: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has quashed the detention of a person under Public Safety Act (PSA) for allegedly hatching conspiracy to kill Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The single bench comprising Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain quashing the detention of Abdul Rashid said the order of the detention was not sustainable.

Release the detenue forthwith if he is not involved in any other case, the court directed the state government.

State police had claimed to have arrested Rashid and others who had allegedly foiled a militant plan to kill Mr Azad during a public meeting in Ramban on April 12 last year.

The arrest of Rashid and others evoked massive demonstrations in the area as people alleged that all those detained by police were innocents.

However, Rashid was booked under PSA.

The detention was challenged in the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Ramban.

The CJM after hearing the counsel from both sides acquitted Rashid after prosecution failed to prove the charges. However, he was again booked under PSA which was challenged in the High Court.

After hearing prosecution and defence counsels, the Court ordered his release.


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