SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday evening revoked detention order issued against former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
A government spokesman Rohit Kansal tweeted that Mehbooba Mufti is being released. “As Ms Mufti’s illegal detention comes to an end, I’d like to thank everybody who supported me in these tough times,” tweeted Iltija Mufti, Mehbooba’s daughter.
Mehbooba Mufti was arrested on August 5, 2019, the day the government revoked Article 370. She was booked under section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). Six months later the former chief minister was booked under the PSA. The PSA dossier referred to Mehbooba as being a “daddy’s girl.”
Mehbooba Mufti had been held in detention since August 2019 alongside thousands of politicians and activists after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government passed legislation in Parliament that stripped Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, annulled its separate constitution and removed inherited protections on land and jobs.
In an audio message posted Tuesday on Twitter, Mehbooba Mufti called India’s August 5, 2019, action a “black decision on a black day.” None among us can ever forget the political heist and insult on that day, Mufti said.
Early this month in its reply to a writ petition filed by Iltija Mufti daughter of former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti seeking the latter’s release, the government cited the “geopolitical position of Jammu and Kashmir”, its geographical proximity with Pakistan, and Mehbooba’s “glorifying militant” statements for the continuation of her detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
Earlier, similar arguments were presented by the government to plead for the continuation of detention of Omar Abdullah as well, when Omar’s sister had filed a petition before the apex court seeking his release in February.