Omar Abdullah said that the registration of a case against Haideri under the PSA was disturbing. (File)


Journalist and political analyst Majid Haideri, who was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police last week on charges of criminal conspiracy and extortion, has been booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA). Officials gave this information on Monday. Haideri has been booked under the PSA and lodged in the Kot Balwal jail in Jammu region of the Union Territory, they said. Following a local court's order, police registered a case and arrested Haideri, a resident of Peerbagh area of the city, late Thursday night.

"Based on the order of the JMIC court, an FIR no. 120/177 under sections 386-B, 500, 88, 2023 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Sadar police station. Majid Haideri, a resident of Peerbagh, was arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy, intimidation, extortion, giving false information, defamation etc.

Haideri, a journalist and political analyst who regularly appears on television news channels, was granted bail on Saturday but was immediately arrested in another case.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah said the registration of a case against Haideri under the PSA was "deeply disturbing".

"Reports of Majid Haideri's detention under PSA are deeply disturbing. If true, it is yet another example of the current administration in Jammu and Kashmir, which proves how intolerant they are to any criticism," he said.

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