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Shah Faesal withdraws plea on detention

Faesal’s wife told the court she had recently met him in custody and received instructions to withdraw the habeas corpus plea

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 13.09.19, 2:19 AM
  • Updated 13.09.19, 2:19 AM
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Shah Faesal with Shehla Rashid at the launch of his political party in Srinagar. (PTI)

Delhi High Court on Thursday allowed bureaucrat turned politician Shah Faesal to withdraw his plea challenging his detention from IGI Airport here following the government’s move to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370.

Justices Manmohan and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal granted Faesal, the first IAS topper from Kashmir, permission to withdraw his plea after his wife filed an affidavit in this regard.

Faesal’s wife told the court she had recently met him in custody and received instructions to withdraw the habeas corpus plea, which requires a person under detention or illegal custody to be brought before a court.

Solicitor-general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, did not oppose the withdrawal of the plea.

“Today, the counsel appearing for the petitioner has handed over an affidavit filed by the wife of the petitioner seeking direction to withdraw with liberty to seek remedy in law available at an appropriate time,” the bench said.

The high court made it clear it had not expressed its opinion on the controversy or the arguments and that Faesal was at liberty to pursue remedies under law at an appropriate time.