J-K police initiate process to take NRI businessman Mubeen Shah into custody

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Months after revoking his detention under the Public Safety Act, Jammu and Kashmir Police has initiated the process of taking NRI businessman Mubeen Shah into custody and attachment of his properties, Press Trust of India reported

Earlier in June, the police had registered a case against Mr. Shah under various sections of the Indian Penal Code over his purported Facebook post against non-locals residing in the Kashmir Valley.

“Yes, we are in the process of securing an arrest warrant against him after the police station concerned found his post on social networking site was aimed at creating communal tension,” Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh said.

Mr. Shah is based out of Malaysia and runs handicrafts business, Shah used to visit Kashmir once a year. Earlier, he was the president of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr. Singh said that during course of investigation, police teams made correspondence with Facebook to get details of the person holding the account on the social media platform.

“On the basis of the evidence collected so far, a request has been made to the competent court for getting arrest warrant issued against him…. The process of getting a lookout notice issued on the basis of the arrest warrant is also in progress,” he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police is trying to secure an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Shah.

The police chief said that correspondence has also been made with the revenue authorities to get his property details to declare him a proclaimed offender and subsequent attachment of his property as per law.

Mr. Shah was detained on August 6 last year, a day after the Centre abrogated special status of the erstwhile state and bifurcated it into union territories — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

His wife moved the Supreme Court challenging the order and on December 7 last year he was initially released “temporarily” from Agra jail and later all charges against him were dropped after the Jammu and Kashmir administration revoked the PSA order against him.

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