New Delhi: The matter of detention of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA) has now reached the Supreme Court. Abdullah’s sister Sara Abdullah Pilot moved to SC on Monday to challenge his detention under the PSA. The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the filing of the petition. Omar Abdullah was in custody since August 5, 2019 under Section 107 of CrPC.
Omar Abdullah was below custody below part 107 of CrPC since August 5, 2019. Under this regulation, Omar Abdullah’s six-month precautionary detention interval was to finish on Thursday, 5 February 2020. But on January 5, the federal government has imposed Public Safety Act (PSA) towards former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. After this, their custody can be extended from 3 months to 1 year without any trial.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for the petitioner demanded an early hearing before a bench headed by Justice NV Ramana. The court said that they will consider it. Other charges against Omar Abdullah include opposing the Centre’s decision to abolish Article 370 and “incite people on Twitter against the unity and integrity of the nation”. However, no Twitter post has been cited to support this allegation. On 5th August 2019, before the arrest Omar Abdullah had tweeted and called upon the people to maintain peace.
PSA has also been imposed on Mehbooba Mufti. The leaders of his party are opposing the imposition of PSA. Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti attacked the central government by tweeting one after the other on Sunday. Iltija was also surprised to know the reason for imposing PSA on her mother. In the government’s dossier regarding the imposition of PSA, the flag of his party People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been mentioned green. It has been said that the green flag of the PDP indicates militancy. On this, Mehbooba’s daughter Iltija said that the uniform of the Indian Army and the flag of the BJP’s ally Janata Dal United (JDU) in Bihar is also green.