Ground Report | New Delhi
Justifying detention of former chief minister Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA), administration of Jammu and Kashmir today told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that Omar Abdullah, continues to be an ‘imminent threat’ to the public order. On Monday, the affidavit stressed the validity of Omar Abdullah’s detention.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration, without reasoning, emphasised that it is essential for Omar Abdullah to continue the detention, citing ‘sensitivity’ of law and order. In addition, the affidavit submitted to the top court stated that Jammu and Kashmir’s ‘geographical proximity to Pakistan’ should be taken into consideration.
The affidavit, which was submitted by District Magistrate before a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, also claimed that Omar Abdullah has been a vocal critic of abrogating Article 370. Supreme Court on Monday posted for hearing on March 5 the petition of sister Sara Abdullah Pilot, challenging Omar Abdullah’s detention.
Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Shah feasal and Farooq Abdullah, along with scores of leaders were detained after the abrogation of article 370 and 35A on August 05 last year.