Omar Abdullah’s sister moves SC challenging his detention under PSA

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Srinagar: Sister of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Sarah Abdullah Pilot has moved the Supreme Court challenging his detention under the J-K Public Safety Act, LiveLaw reported.

According to the report the petition was mentioned on Monday by Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal before a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana, the second senior judge of the Supreme Court.

The bench has agreed to consider the request for urgent listing.

Fresh detention orders under the PSA were issued against Omar Abdulla and another ex-CM of J-K Mehbooba Mufti on February, immediately before their six months period of detention ordered in August 2019 was about to lapse. His earlier detention since August 5, 2019 was under Section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The detention is, the petition contends, based purely on political reasons. Mere opposition to the policy of the central government is being projected as against national interest to justify the detention, stated the petition. Therefore, the detention order is not justifiable under the PSA, and is ex-facie illegal and unconstitutional, as per the petition.

The grounds of detention against Omar allege that on the eve of the reorganisation of the state he had made attempts to provoke general masses against the revocation of Articles 370 and 35-A.

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