Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference chairman Farooq Abdullah, who had been kept under the house arrest since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on 5 September, has on Monday been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

This is the first time that a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir has been booked under the PSA.

All About Public Safety Act of Jammu & Kashmir-

1. The Public Safety Act, 1978 of Jammu and Kashmir is a defensive detention law that allows taking a person into the custody to prevent him or her from acting in any matter that is prejudicial to “the security of the state or the maintenance of the public order”.

2. A similar act called the National Security Act (NSA) is used usually by the other state governments for preventive detention.


3. According to the definition, preventive detention is meant to be protective, not punitive. When government authorities slap the PSA on an individual they give this broad definition as the most common ground for detention.


4. Any of the person can be traced under PSA when an administrative order passed either by Divisional Commissioner (DC) or the District Magistrate (DM). Any detention under this act can’t be made under the order by police based on specific allegations or for a specific violation of laws.





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