Jammu and Kashmir: Journalist arrested for supporting terrorists released after 5 years

Kashmiri journalist Asif Sultan, arrested for allegedly providing material support to terrorists, has been released. five years of house arrestofficials said on Thursday.

Sultan was released after two months Jammu and Kashmir In December last year, the High Court had canceled the order of his detention under the Public Safety Act.

The court had said that the officials “did not follow the procedural requirements in letter and spirit”.

Officials said Sultan’s release was delayed as prison officials at Ambedkar Nagar district jail in Uttar Pradesh were waiting for a clearance letter from Kashmir’s home department. Srinagar District Magistrate,

“He reached home today and was also taken to SMHS hospital to be checked for chest infection,” officials said. Sultan was first arrested in the UAPA case in September 2018 when he was working as a reporter at a local magazine.

He was arrested for “allegedly providing logistical support to a banned militant group”.

In April 2022, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court granted him bail in the case on the grounds that the investigating agencies failed to establish his links with any terrorist group. However, a few days later he was booked under PSA.

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