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HC grants bail to journalist Fahad Shah held for 21 months under PSA

Srinagar Nov 18: The J&K High Court on Friday granted bail to 35-year-old Fahad Shah, editor of the news portal The Kashmir Walla. The court quashed certain charges he was facing including: “abetting terrorism, waging war against the country and promoting enmity” under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Shah has been in jail for 21 months under Public Safety Action (PSA), after being booked under sections of the UAPA over reporting and articles published by his portal since 2011.

“The court granted Mr. Shah bail. We expect his release soon,” a member of his legal team told The Hindu.

Terror charges quashed
He said the Court also quashed charges levelled against Shah under Section 18 ( abetting the commission of, a terrorist act or any act preparatory to the commission of a terrorist act), Section 121 (waging war) and Section 153-B (promoting enmity between different groups) of the UAPA.

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