SC closes habeas corpus after J-K administration releases Mehbooba Mufti

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After Mehbooba Mufti was released from detention after fourteen months, the Supreme Court has closed the habeas corpus petition seeking her release, reported Live Law.

The petition had sought the release of former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ms. Mufti. The SC recorded the submission of the Solicitor General of India that she has been released from detention, the report added.

A writ of habeas corpus is used to bring a prisoner or other detainee before the court to determine if the person’s imprisonment or detention is lawful.

Ms. Mufti was detained on the intervening night of 4 and 5 August 2019 as New Delhi clamped down in Kashmir and revocked region’s decades-old limited-autonomy. Later, she was slapped with the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA). On Tuesday, the government of Jammu and Kashmir released her after 14-month detention in Srinagar.

In her first address after her release, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president said that the decision of abrogation of article-370 had been hurting her heart and soul during every moment of her detention. Sharing an audio message on her Twitter handle, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir called the day special status was scrapped a “black day.”

Ms. Mufti said: “No one among us will forget the humiliation of the day article-370 was abrogated. No one among us can ever forget the robbery and insult of that day.”

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