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Farooq Abdullah held under Public Safety Act; can go sans trial for 2 years

Ironically, the law was first promulgated during Sheikh Abdullah's tenure, father of Farooq Abdullah

IANS  |  Srinagar 

Farooq Abdullah
File photo of Farooq Abdullah. PTI

In a major development in Kashmir, former Chief Minister of was on Monday detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

Not just that, the place where Abdullah senior will be housed has been declared a temporary jail, through an order.

The PSA allows detention of any individual for up to two years without a trial. Ironically, the law was first promulgated during Sheikh Abdullah's tenure, father of

Farooq Abdullah, also a sitting Lok Sabha member from Srinagar has been under house arrest since August 5, when the Government of India abrogated of the constitution that gave special powers to Kashmir.

What is Public Safety Act (PSA)?

Recently, Conference MPs were allowed to visit Farooq and his son and also another former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, but with restrictions that they cannot interact with media following the meeting.

It was after Justice Sanjeev Kumar had allowed the petition filed by MPs Justice (retd.) Hasnain Masoodi (Anantnag) and Akbar Lone (Baramulla).

The Supreme Court on Monday also issued notice to the Centre, and the J&K administration on detention of the NC chief. The bench was responding to a plea by Rajya Sabha MP and MDMK general secretary Vaiko seeking production of Abdullah senior.

 

First Published: Mon, September 16 2019. 11:38 IST
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