Reply by March 18 on Mufti detention: SC to J&K admin | India News

Reply by March 18 on Mufti detention: SC to J&K admin | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response of the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a habeas corpus petition filed by Iltija Mufti challenging the February 5 decision of the government to detain her mother and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Vineet Saran and M R Shah told counsel Nitya Ramakrishnan to ask her client Iltija to file an affidavit stating there was no other petition filed in J&K High Court challenging Mehbooba’s detention under PSA.
“It is submitted by the counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner that no other petition filed by any other person is pending in the HC regarding Mehbooba Mufti. Let an affidavit in this regard be filed by the petitioner by February 27. On filing the affidavit, as above, let notice be issued to the respondents,” the bench ordered and directed the government to file its reply by March 18, the next date of hearing.
Iltija had followed the footsteps of Sara Abdullah Pilot, who had filed a petition challenging detention of her brother and former chief minister Omar Abdullah under PSA. The SC is likely to examine the validity of Abdullah’s detention on March 2. She had said, “It is rare that those who have served the nation as MP, chief minister of a state, minister in the Union government and have always stood by the national aspirations of India, are now perceived as a threat to the state.”
Terming the fresh detention order of February 5 as a mala fide exercise to silence the opposition to abrogation of special status to J&K under Article 370, Sara said, “The grounds of detention served on Omar Abdullah had no material particulars with reference to the date or dates, place or places, words uttered from time to time, immediately prior to February 5 and other necessary particulars to justify the fresh detention order.” Both Abdullah and Mufti have been in detention since August 5 when the special status of J&K was scrapped and it was divided into two Union Territories.
On September 5 last year, the SC had permitted Iltija to travel to Srinagar for a private meeting with her mother, who had been kept under house arrest since August 5, and told her that she was free to move around in Srinagar subject to requisite permission from the authorities concerned.



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