SC notice to J&K on Omar detention plea
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.