New Delhi: Hours after the Supreme Court said it will hear a plea on Omar Abdullah’s illegal detention, another photo of the detained National Conference leader has gone viral on Thursday. In the new picture, sporting a full-grown beard, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was seen standing next to a doctor. However, the identity of the person in the picture is yet to be established. Also Read - Omar Abdullah 'Likes' Tweet as Internet Restored, Social Media Curbs Lifted in J&K After Seven Months
Under detention since August 5, 2019, his second photo was out on social media on January 25. The usually clean-shaven Omar Abdullah was seen in the second photo sporting a greyish-white long beard. That picture was shared by countless Twitter users. The source of the photo, however, could not be ascertained. Also Read - SC to Hear Plea Against Detention of Omar Abdullah Under PSA on March 5
Omar Abdullah has been under preventive detention along with his father and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah since August 4, a day before the Centre announced the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution. Also Read - J&K Leader Shah Faesal Booked Under Public Safety Act, Day After SC Heard Omar Abdullah's Detention Case
While hearing the matter, the J&K administration on Monday had told the Supreme Court that the preventive detention of Omar Abdullah’s for over seven months is justified as he is still a threat to public order.
Earlier in the day, the apex court said that it will hear, after Holi break, the petition filed by Sara Abdullah Pilot, sister of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, challenging his detention under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.
The matter was listed before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra today but could not be taken up as Justice Mishra was hearing a Constitution bench matter. The court said that it will hear the matter post the Holi break.