Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti charged under public safety act
Jammu and Kashmir : Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been charged with public safety act that allows detention up to three months without any trial. The two leaders have been under house arrest for more than six months.
A senior police officer told NDTV that a District Magistrate has signed detention warrants against Mr Abdullah and Ms Mufti. The order has been confirmed by Mehbooba Mufti's daughter Iltija, who is currently handling the social media handle of Mehbooba Mufti.
Ms Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister J&K to whom this twitter handle belongs has been detained since 5th August 2019 without access to the account. This handle is now operated by myself, Iltija daughter of Ms Mufti with due authorisation.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) September 20, 2019
Other than them, Ali Mohammad Sagar of the National Conference (NC) and Sartaj Madhvi of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) have also been charged with the PSA.
According to the news report, the two leaders will be kept in the same facility where they are during the detention.
Omar Abdullah's father, Farooq Abdullah was charged under the same law last September and has been under house arrest since August as well.
Under Section 13 of the PSA, detention orders can only be issued by a Divisional Commissioner or District Magistrate, neither one of which is obliged to disclose facts about the detention that "it considers to be against the public interest".