New Delhi (21.09.2022): Shah Faesal (IAS: 2010: AGMUT) has withdrawn his petition from the Supreme Court challenging the Presidential order to scrap Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Faesal’s decision to withdraw the petition comes months after he was taken back into the services in April 2022 and appointed Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Culture. Faesal was among 23 petitioners who had challenged the Centre's decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370.
He resigned from service in protest in 2019 to float his own political party in Jammu and Kashmir. However, his resignation had never been accepted by the government which he later withdrew.
In March 2019, he floated his own political party, the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM). Following the August 5, 2019 decisions that stripped the erstwhile state of its special status and bifurcated it into Union Territories.
Faesal was stopped from flying to Istanbul and was detained under Section 107 CrPC. He was ultimately released in June 2020. No cases are pending against him at the moment.