New Delhi Supreme Court Wednesday sent a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir over a petition by daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter, Iltija Javed, challenging her detention and charges under the stringent Public Safety Act, reports NDTV
Mehbooba Mufti, the People’s Democratic Party chief, was charged under the PSA after the end of her six-month detention since August — when the government ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
In her petition, Iltija Javed said that the detention order ‘abounds with legal malafides and malice in law,’ adding that ‘grounds of detention are stale’.
Questioning the personal remarks made against Mehbooba Mufti listed as reasons behind the government using the tough PSA, Iltija Javed said that the centre’s dossier had charged her for ‘a green party flag, being a ‘Daddy’s girl’ and tweets on social media.’
The dossier, Iltija Mufti had earlier said, refers to her mother as a ‘hard-headed and scheming person’ known for ‘dangerous and insidious machinations’. It also compares her to a ‘medieval historical figure who usurped power by poisoning her opponents’.
The top court today sought response of the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the petition. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra also asked Iltija Mufti to give an undertaking stating that she has not filed any other petition before other judicial forum, including the high court, challenging the detention of her mother.
The top court has now posted the petition for hearing on March 18.
Mehbooba Mufti, 60, and Omar Abdullah have been in preventive custody since August 5, when the government announced the end of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated the state into two union territories.
Their detention was to end six months later on February 5, 2020.
On February 5, the government used the Public Safety Act against him Mehbooba Mufti. This extends their detention by three months without trial and it can be extended for up to one year.
In a six-page government dossier, Mehbooba Mufti has been accused of working with separatists, making anti-national statements and extending support to organisations such as the Jamaat-e-Islamia, which has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
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