SC will hear on March 5 a statement against the arrest of Omar Abdullah under PSA

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear on March 5 a statement submitted by Sara Abdullah Pilot challenging the detention of his brother and leader of the National Conference. Omar Abdullah under the Public Security Law (PSA).

Attorney General Tushar Mehta presented the response on behalf of the Jammu and Kashmir administration in Pilot's petition before a bank of judges Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee.

Attorney General K K Venugopal referred to a previous verdict of the apex court and said that in a detention matter, the petitioner must first approach the superior court.

The bank, while publishing the matter for the hearing on Thursday, said the petitioner can file a reply, if any, on the response presented by the Jammu and Kashmir administration.

Pilot has approached the superior court challenging his brother's detention under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Security Law, saying that the order was manifestly illegal and that there was no doubt that he was a threat to the maintenance of public order.