SC no­tice to J&K on Omar de­ten­tion plea

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court is­sued a no­tice to the Jammu & Kash­mir ad­min­is­tra­tion on Fri­day on a plea filed by Sara Ab­dul­lah Pi­lot chal­leng­ing the de­ten­tion of her brother and Na­tional Con­fer­ence (NC) leader Omar Ab­dul­lah un­der the Pub­lic Safety Act (PSA).

A bench, com­pris­ing jus­tices Arun Mishra and Indira Ban­er­jee, said it would hear on March 2 Pi­lot’s plea chal­leng­ing Ab­dul­lah’s de­ten­tion. Pi­lot had on Mon­day ap­proached the top court chal­leng­ing her brother’s de­ten­tion un­der the PSA, say­ing the order was “man­i­festly il­le­gal” and there was no ques­tion of him be­ing a “threat to the main­te­nance of pub­lic order”.

Omar Ab­dul­lah, 49, was booked un­der the Jammu & Kash­mir PSA on February 5, which al­lows au­thor­i­ties to de­tain a per­son with­out trial for a max­i­mum pe­riod of two years.

Ab­dul­lah was ear­lier de­tained in Au­gust 2019, when the Cen­tre had scrapped Ar­ti­cle 370 and placed the Kash­mir val­ley in a state of lock­down.

Omar Ab­dul­lah

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