Mehbooba’s daughter files petition for her release in Supreme Court

29th September 2020

29th September 2020

The petition to release the former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and chief of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti will be heard on Tuesday by the Supreme Court.

Mufti was put under detention on August 5, 2019. Her daughter Iltija filed the habeas corpus under the Public Safety Act (PSA) to challenge the detention of her mother.

On August 5, 2019, Article 370 was repealed to remove special status to Jammu and Kashmir and to split it into two Union Territories. And on the eve of this historic moment, Mehbooba Mufti was arrested.

It has been stated by Ilitija in her pleas that the dossier for detention are "stale, vague and that they suffer from non-application of mind, malice in law and that they violate the provisions of Section 8(3)(b) of the PSA".

The plea stated, "the detention order based on stale grounds have become staler even more since the petition was filed and the respondent administration has continued to act with total non-application of mind and the malice in law has only been reinforced and aggravated in confirming and extending the order of detention for further periods."

When Articles 35A and 370 were abrogated to bifurcate J&K, two National conference leaders, and former chief ministers, Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah were also arrested and put under detention.

They both were released earlier this year but Mufti is still under detention.

Mehbooba Mufti's detention was extended by the government of Jammu & Kashmir on July 31 for 3 months under PSA.

Mufti is lodged in 'Fairview,' her official residence.


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