Shah Faesal (Screengrab, Courtesy: Huff Post)
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Delhi High Court sought a response from the centre on a petition filed by Kashmiri bureaucrat turned politician Shah Faesal. Faesal has been under detention in Srinagar since August 14.

The court has granted time till September 2 for the centre to file its reply. The matter will now be heard from September 3.

Faesal’s advocate said that they are unaware of the basis on which the circular was issued. He added that the circular can only prevent him from travelling but cannot justify his arrest and detention.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday the Kashmir administration had justified Faesal’s arrest as a means to stop him from instigating people against the “sovereignty and integrity of the country.”

On August 14, Faesal was detained at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and sent back to Kashmir, where he was held again at a makeshift detention centre at a hotel in Srinagar. Faesal was detained under the Public Safety Act.

“I have never heard of implementation of LOC in this way, this is remarkable,” Faesal’s advocate said.

The counsel termed as “absurd” the Jammu and Kashmir government’s claim that on arrival at Srinagar airport, Faesal started addressing people present there.

“Who will be there on August 14? The airport was empty that day because of Independence Day and the lockdown. Even the departure and arrival terminal is different and far away. Who he was trying to provoke because only CRPF officials were there. Is challenging presidential order on Article 370 of the Constitution in the Supreme Court a crime? There is no case against him,” the counsel contended.

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