A former Union Minister and Congress leader Saifuddin Soz is “not under arrest or detention,” claimed Rohit Kansal, the Principal Secretary, Power and Information, Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Kansal further claimed that Mr. Soz “has been to Delhi twice, in October and December. Free to go wherever he likes with usual security drill.”
“No question of lying in [honorable] SC,” said Mr. Kansal.
Mr. Kansal’s comments on Twitter came after Mr. Soz spoke to the media from his residence in Srinagar and claimed that he was under house arrest since 5 August 2019, when the government of India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and detained all prominent unionist leaders. Videos of the incident, where Mr. Soz could be seen interrupted by Jammu and Kashmir police personnel as he spoke to the media, had created an uproar on social media.
On Wednesday, in Supreme Court, the J-K administration told that Mr. Soz was neither in detention nor under house arrest. The court was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by his wife. The bench chose to dispose of the habeas petition on the basis of an affidavit filed by the J-K administration.
Today, speaking to The Kashmir Walla, Mr. Soz said: “I’m under detention and they don’t allow me to go out. It is a high handedness. It is undemocratic and unconstitutional. I’m a law-abiding citizen. I accept the constitution of India, and of Jammu and Kashmir. And I have not violated any rule or law, yet I’m detained at home. The Government of India, and of Jammu and Kashmir, told lies in the Supreme Court, and [the court] should not have accepted those lies.”