Detention of Omar Abdullah: SC issues notice to J&K administrator, seeks response before March 2

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the administration about the leader's detention Omar Abdullah and asked him to submit an answer before March 2.

The higher court was hearing an appeal from Abdullah's sister against the arrest of the former prime minister under the Public Security Act (PSA), 1978.

We were hoping that, since this is a case of habeas corpus, the relief would be before. But we have full faith in the justice system. We are here because we want all cashmere to have the same rights as all the citizens of India and we are waiting for that day, Pilot said after the court order.

On February 10, Pilot approached the superior court challenging his brother's detention under the JK Public Safety Act of 1978, saying that the arrest warrant is manifestly illegal and that there is no doubt that he is a threat to the maintenance of public order. .

The plea has sought quashing of the February 5 order detaining Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, under the PSA and also sought his production before the court.

Pilot has said that the exercise of powers by the authorities under the CrPC to detain people, including political leaders, was clearly bad to ensure that opposition to the repeal of article 370 of the Constitution is silenced.

It said that on the intervening night of August 4-5, 2019, Omar Abdullah was put under house arrest and it was later learnt that section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973 was invoked to justify such arrest.

Omar Abdullah, who has been junior foreign minister and commerce minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led Cabinet in 2000, was served with a three-page dossier in which he was alleged to have made statements in the past which were subversive in nature .

(With agency contributions)