New Delhi: In another development, the Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear a plea challenging Omar Abdullah’s detention under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978. Notably, the plea was filed by the sister of National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.
The Supreme Court’s three-judge Bench of Justice NV Ramana will hear the plea filed by Sara Abdullah Pilot, Omar’s sister and the wife of Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. In the plea, she had alleged that the detention is manifestly illegal and there is no question of him being a threat to the maintenance of public order.
In the plea before the top court, Sara had said that the exercise of powers by authorities under the CrPC to detain individuals, including political leaders, was clearly mala fide to ensure that the opposition to the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution is silenced.
She has also sought quashing of February 5 order detaining Omar Abdullah under the PSA and also sought his production before the court.
The plea in the apex court was filed after Omar Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti were booked under the PSA Act last week. These two leaders were detained by the Union Home Ministry after the Central government revoked Article 370 on August 5 last year.
Sara’s please further stated that the intent of exercise of power was to incarcerate not just him (Omar Abdullah) but the entire leadership of the National Conference, as well as the leadership of other political parties, who were similarly dealt with including Farooq Abdullah, who has served the state and the union over several years.