May 26, 2020 | 6:12 PM IST
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Farooq Abdullah detained under PSA; SC seeks reply in habeas corpus petition

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on Monday. The PSA allows detention for up to two years without a trial. He has been under house arrest at his home in Srinagar which will now be designated his ‘jail’.

The decision to implement PSA on the 83-year-old leader came on Sunday night, hours before the Supreme Court issued a notice and sought the Centre’s reply in the habeas corpus (literally means, produce the body) petition filed by MDMK leader Vaiko’s for the production of National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. 

The notice was issued by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer and the hearing has been scheduled for September 30.

Meanwhile, condemning the move to detain the National Conference patriarch under the PSA, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday pointed that 80-year-old Abdullah had been under detention for the past 40 days. He said, “Does the government fear a former chief minister? Same charges have been imposed on Masarat Alam and Farooq Abdullah.”

Abdullah has been charged with ‘disturbing public order’ under the law which means shorter detention of three months. The Ministry of Home Affairs has maintained that Abdullah is not under detention, there is no information available on him.

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