We are not criminals, says Farooq Abdullah in a letter to Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI: We are not criminals, says Lok Sabha member and president in a letter to Congress leader Shashi tharoor on your personal letterhead that mentions your residence as a sub-jail.

Abdullah, detained since August 5 and subsequently reserved under the strict Public Security Law (PSA) on September 17, is currently at his residence in Gupkar, which has been declared a sub-prison.

Abdullah is among a large number of political leaders who were arrested on August 5 after the Center withdrew the special status of bass and forked the state into union territories.

Tharoor, a member of Lok Sabha of Kerala, had written a letter to Abdullah on October 21 that was delivered to him on December 2. The content of the letter was not available.

In his one-paragraph response, Abdullah, a former chief prime minister three times from the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, thanked Tharoor for his letter.

He said that the letter of October 21 was delivered on December 21 by the magistrate who takes care of him in the subcarcel.

It is unfortunate that they cannot deliver my position on time. I am sure that this is not the way to treat a member of parliament and leader of a political party. We are not criminals, Abdullah wrote in his reply, which has been shared by Tharoor on his Twitter account.

In his tweet, Tharoor said parliamentarians should be able to attend the session as a parliamentary privilege.

Otherwise, the arrest tool can be used to silence the voices of the opposition. Participation in Parliament is essential for democracy and popular sovereignty, he added.