Mehbooba Mufti freed, just ahead of Supreme Court hearing [14.10.2020]

14.10.2020, New Delhi

SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: The Jammu & Kashmir administration late on Tuesday revoked the detention of former CM and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti after 14 months and eight days. However, it didn’t mention any reason for her release before the end of the three extra months for which it had been last extended on July 31 this year.

Mehbooba had been detained under the J&K Public Safety Act of 1978 on August 5 last year after the Centre nullified Articles 370 and 35-A of the Constitution and bifurcated J&K into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh.

Her case was to come up in the Supreme Court on Oct 15. A reply had also been prepared, but it was decided that it was better to release her before the next hearing, sources in Delhi told TOI.

The UT home department order, effective immediately, said the “government hereby revokes the detention order of 5.2.2020

[Source : The Times of India]

14 Oct 2020