'Shocked and devastated': P Chidambaram on Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah detention
Srinagar : Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has expressed shock over the government's decision to invoke Public Safety Act against Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
In a series of early morning tweets, Congress' P Chidambaram lashed out the government's decision to detain citizens without charges, labelling it "the worst abomination in a democracy".
P Chidambaram is currently out of the jail on bail after being sent to Delhi's Tihar Jail in connection with the INX Media case.
"Shocked and devastated by the cruel invocation of the Public Safety Act against Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and others. Detention without charges is the worst abomination in a democracy," Mr Chidambaram tweeted.
"When unjust laws are passed or unjust laws are invoked, what option do the people have than to protest peacefully?" the Congress leader added.
Detention without charges is the worst abomination in a democracy— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) February 7, 2020
When unjust laws are passed or unjust laws are invoked, what option do the people have than to protest peacefully?
Hundreds of political leaders including Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were kept under house arrest in August as part of the safety measure taken by the Centre ahead of announcement to end special status to J&K under Article 370 and split it into two union territories.
After being charged under the Public Safety Act, Omar Abdullah will remain in custody at Hari Niwas, a state guest house, and Ms Mufti will continue to be held at a government house in Srinagar.