Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday quashed the detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) of hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam Bhat.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on April 23 had imposed the stringent Public Safety Act on Masarat Alam, who was arrested on sedition charges.
The order was passed by Justice Hasnain Masoodi.
Alam was arrested on April 17 in connection with the raising of Pakistani flags and chanting of anti-national slogans during a rally organised by hardline Hurriyat Conference to welcome Syed Ali Shah Geelani from New Delhi.
The hardline separatist leader was booked under Sections 121-A (waging war against the country), 124 (Sedition), 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy), 147 (rioting) of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and other minor offences.
Alam was released in March -- soon after the PDP-led government came to power -- after over four years of detention in connection with the 2010 summer agitation in the valley.
His release had created a furore across the country and the issue had even figured in the Parliament proceedings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a statement on the floor of the house.