Srinagar: In a major development, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah is set to be released after 7 months in detention. Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Planning, Jammu and Kashmir said the government has issued an order revoking the detention of Dr Farooq Abdullah. Also Read - 'Your Call Will Strengthen India', PM Modi Lauds Omar Abdullah For Avoiding Gathering on Uncle's Demise
The order comes into force with immediate effect. Also Read - Srinagar: 8-Month-old Grandchild of COVID-19 Positive Man Falls Victim to Coronavirus
The ex-CM has been under detention since August last year when the central government abrogated Article 370 and ended the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - After Brief Relief, Kashmir Enters Lockdown Again, This Time Over Coronavirus
“In exercise of powers conferred under Section 19(1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, the government hereby revokes the detention order bearing No. DMS/PSA/120/2019 issued by District Magistrate, Srinagar,” a statement issued the government said.
Along with him, son Omar and former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, were also detained. In September, he was charged under the Public Safety Act or PSA, a strict law that allows detention without trial for or up to two years.
Earlier, this week, opposition parties had sent a joint resolution to the centre, demanding the immediate release of all political detainees in Kashmir, especially the three former Chief Ministers–Farooq and Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
Under the Narendra Modi government, “democratic dissent is being muzzled by coercive administrative action, which has threatened the basic ideals of Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity as enshrined in our Constitution,” the resolution read.
However, there is no word yet on the release of other former CMs.