Response before March 18 on the detention of Mufti: SC to the J&K administrator

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday requested the response of the Jammu and Kashmir administration in a petition of habeas corpus filed when challenging the government's decision on February 5 to detain their mother and former prime minister Mehbooba Mufti under the Public Security Law (PSA).

A bank of Judges Arun Mishra, Vineet Saran and M R Shah told the lawyer to ask their client Iltija to file a sworn statement indicating that there was no other petition filed in the J&K Superior 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 in the footsteps of, who had filed a petition challenging the detention of his brother and former prime minister Omar Abdullah under PSA. The SC is likely to examine the validity of Abdullah's detention on March 2. She said: It is rare that those who have served the nation as parliamentarians, chief minister of a state, minister in the government of the Union and have always supported 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, 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 of last year, the SC allowed 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.