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


Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah’s sister, Sara Abdullah Pilot, moved the Supreme Court on Monday to challenge his detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

Last week, New Delhi arrested him and former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti under the controversial law.

In her petition, Sara Abdullah said that there is no plausible evidence to detain a person, who is already under arrest for six months.  It also said that the detention was based solely on “political reasons to muzzle the Opposition”.

“It is rare that those who have served the nation as members of Parliaments, Chief Ministers of state, ministers in the union and have also stood by the national aspirations of India are now perceived as a threat to the state,” the plea said.

Earlier, Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir High Court refused to hear a plea against the controversial act.

In its short verdict, it said the court is not a proper forum to scrutinize the merits of administrative decision to detain a person.

Omar, who has been junior foreign minister and commerce minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led Cabinet in 2000, was served with a three-page dossier in which he was alleged to have made statements in the past which were “subversive” in nature.

While former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah was booked under the PSA in September, 2019, two other former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti — were booked under the stringent law on 6 February. In December 2019, Farooq’s detention was extended for three more months.

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