Court grants bail to Masarat Alam in 2016 case

A Baramulla court on Monday granted bail to Muslim League Chairman Masarat Alam Bhat in a case of 2016.

The court granted bail to Alam in an FIR no 258 of 2016 that was registered against Alam at Police Station Baramulla under various sections of RPC. It was 46th FIR that under which Alam was booked. Since 1990, J&K government has booked Bhat 34 times under the PSA.

On October 30, 2012, Alam was booked under PSA for “running” the 2010 mass agitation. He was released on March 1, 2015. However, his release sparked political storm after some New Delhi based channels media hyped his release, terming him as “threat to peace.” Alam was detained under PSA for the first time on October 2, 1990. He was released in November 1991. He was detained for second time in 1993 and released in February 1997. On September 1997, he was detained third time for nearly three years and released in May 2000. He was detained for the fourth time in January 2001 and released in August 2003.

Alam was detained for the fifth time and was in detention till July 2005. Since 16 January 2008, he has been detained on nine occasions under the PSA.

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