J&K Police tears apart Shah Faesal’s claim on US visit

Civil servant-turned-politician Shah Faesal’s claim that he was arrested while he was on the way to Boston to complete an academic course in Harvard University was dismissed by the J&K Police. According to the police, Faesal was arrested because he did not have any document to support his claim.

The police said the political upstart also created a scene and instigated the people against the state at the Srinagar airport. He was arrested on the orders of the Executive Magistrate, 1st class, Budgam under whose jurisdiction the Srinagar airport falls.

In an affidavit filed on August 23 in the Delhi High Court on Faesal’s petition seeking his release from custody, the police claimed that all he had with him was a ticket from Delhi to Turkey to Germany’s Frankfurt to Boston.

DIG of Police of Central Kashmir V.K. Birdi, in the affidavit, also said that Faesal had B1/B2 visa issued on February 27, 2019 for a 10-year duration which is a tourist and not a student visa. The case will be heard on September 3.

The J&K Police also raised question on the jurisdiction of the Delhi High Court in the case as Faesal is detained in Srinagar.

The police also said that “it was inconceivable that the founder president of a political outfit (J&K People’s Movement) would prepare and affirm a petition on 13th August and without filing the same, would seek to leave the country for an academic course on 14th August, more particularly when the petitioner had been very active in garnering the support of leaders of other political outfits for the purpose of opposing any move pertaining to the status of J&K”.

The J&K Police also went on to challenge the very ground of Faesal’s petition that he was detained without being informed about reason for the action.

The police affidavit said that the grounds were explained to the petitioner who had refused to furnish a bond/security as required under section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. It claimed that Faesal’s petition was based on a falsehood.

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