New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s sister Sara Pilot on Monday filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging his fresh detention order under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Reports claimed that Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal has sought an urgent hearing on the issue. The top court has also agreed to consider the request.
Notably, Omar had been under preventive detention since August 5 last year, when the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution granting a special status and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories — Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir. He was booked under the PSA on the night of February 6, barely a few hours before his preventive detention was to end.
Omar’s sister called the February 6 order under PSA “unconstitutional and a fragrant violation of fundamental right”.
This comes a day after dossier prepared by the police said that the former J&K CM harboured ‘radical thoughts’.
In her petition, Sara said that the dossier “contains patently false and ridiculous material, essentially accusing the detenu of becoming a popular figure among general masses and possessing considerable influence over people.”
Notably, the PSA dossier against the 49-year-old Omar, who had served as minister of state for external affairs as well as commerce and industries, stated his ability to convince electorates to vote in huge numbers even during the peak of militancy and poll boycott calls by separatists and militants.
The grounds of detention against Omar, who was chief minister of the state from 2009-14, claimed that on the eve of reorganisation of the state he had made attempts to provoke general masses against the revocation of Articles 370 and 35-A.