PSA revoked against Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah: Is it a Corona Effect?

The government has revoked its detention with immediate effect, the order stated amidst the coronavirus outbreak and issued by Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra on March 24, 2020. Mr Omar Abdullah’s release comes almost after two weeks after his father Mr Farooq Abdullah; also the former Chief Minister of J&K was released from house arrest on March 13, 2020.

The former J&K Chief Minister Mr Omar Abdullah was among the 50 odd senior politicians kept in preventive detention at his Hari Niwas residence in Srinagar since August 5, 2020, when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked and the state was divided into two union territories.

What is the Reason for this preventive detention?

The foremost reason for their preventive detention is that they influence crowd and they may raise any type of mass agitations against the centre for repealing the special status of the state of J&K, which had the potential to create law & order problems in their region.

What is the Public Safety Act (PSA)?

The Public Safety Act of Jammu and Kashmir is a preventive detention law having jurisdiction or applies to Jammu and Kashmir which is almost similar to the National Security Act, used by all Indian states for preventive detention. 

The Public Safety Act was first introduced in 1978 by the J&K Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah to stop the smuggling of timber but later, he used it against his political rivals. This act was one of the laws that were retained under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act of 2019 after the withdrawal of Article 370 in the state. 

Will Mehbooba Mufti also be released?

Former J&K Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti is likely to be released from preventive detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) today, on March 25, 2020, by Jammu and Kashmir’s Home Department.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah in Supreme Court were hearing a Writ petition of Habeas Corpus filed by Mr Omar Abdullah’s sister Mrs Sarah Abdullah Pilot for challenging the detention Orders.

But now, this petition becomes infructuous because the hearing on this petition was listed on Wednesday.


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