Kashmiri journalist Asif Sultan released after over 5 years of detention

Asif Sultan.

Srinagar: A Kashmiri Journalist Asif Sultan was released on Tuesday from Ambedkr Nagar district jail in Uttar Pradesh, after spending more than five years in detention.

Around 78 days after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed the detention order under the Public Safety Act, the journalist finally walked out of the jail.

Asif was released after more than five years of incarceration – first in a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Ranbir Penal Code, and then under the PSA.

A per Newslaundry report, the court quashed the journalist’s detention on December 11 last year, saying the detaining authorities “did not follow the procedural requirements in letter and spirit”.

But he continued to remain in jail awaiting “clearance letters” from Kashmir’s home department and Srinagar district magistrate, the report said.

Speaking to Newslaundry, Girija Shankar Yadav, jailor at Ambedkar Nagar prison, said despite the bail granted by the court, they “have to follow some procedure to release Kashmiri prisoners

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