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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti being released from detention: J&K govt official

She was first detained under Sections 107 and151 of CrPC but later booked under the controversial Public Safety Act

Mehbooba Mufti | Jammu and Kashmir | Jammu and Kashmir government

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Mehbooba Mufti at press conference. Photo: Reuters
File Photo of Mehbooba Mufti at press conference. Photo: Reuters

PDP president and former chief minister of is being released after being in preventive detention for more than 14 months following the abrogation of Article 370 last year.

"Ms. being released," JK government spokesman Rohit Kansal tweeted.

Mehbooba, who became the first woman chief minister of the erstwhile state of in 2016 as head of the PDP-BJP alliance, was arrested along with other leaders hours ahead of the Centre bifurcating the state into two union territories and abrogating Article 370.

She was first detained under Sections 107 and151 of CrPC but later booked under the controversial Public Safety Act.

Initially, Mehbooba was lodged at Cheshma Shahi guest house and then shifted to another government guest house at M A Link Road here.

The PDP president was then taken to her residence where she remained under house arrest.

Mehbooba's daughter, Iltija, had challenged her detention in the Supreme Court, which last heard the case on September 29.

Former chief ministers and Conference leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah were released in March after over seven months in detention.

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First Published: Tue, October 13 2020. 22:18 IST