SC notice to J&K on plea by Omar’s sister for his release

New Delhi: Whether Omar Abdullah’s detention under the stringent Public Security Act (PSA) is valid will be examined by the Supreme Court, which issued notice today to the Jammu and Kashmir administration. The Supreme Court said it would take up the case again on March 2, rejecting senior lawyer Kapil Sibal’s request to hear it earlier.

Omar Abdullah’s sister Sara Abdullah Pilot had petitioned the Supreme Court against his detention and had asked that he be produced in court and freed immediately.

“We were hoping that the release would be sooner…,” said Sara Abdullah Pilot.

“We have full faith in the justice system. We are here in hope that the people of Kashmir have the same rights as the rest of India. We are waiting for that day,” she added.

Earlier this month, the former chief minister — in detention since August 5 when the government ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir — was charged under the stringent law that allows detention without trial for up to three months, and this can be extended.

Abdullah’s father Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, also former chief ministers, have been detained under the same law, which is used mostly against terrorists and stone-throwers.