Former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal on Monday moved a Habeas Corpus writ in Delhi High Court challenging his recent detention at Delhi airport. Fixing August 23 as the next date of hearing, the court has sought a response from the Centre and the J&K government on the petition.
While seeking directions to the authorities to “immediately set him at liberty”, Faesal claimed before a bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal that his life was at “risk” and his “illegal detention amounts to abduction”.
Sources said he was detained on the basis of a “perception of threat to public order due to his activities”. The move was based on a report from the J&K administration, they said. “There is a likelihood that political leaders will go abroad and try to foment trouble in the Valley from there,” an official said at that time.