Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti released from detention

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti released from detention

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention.

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“PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

Ms. Mehbooba Mufti being released @dipr
— Rohit Kansal (@kansalrohit69) October 13, 2020

Mehbooba’s official Twitter handle confirmed the news and said, “As Ms. Mufti’s illegal detention finally involves an end, I wish to thank everybody who supported me in these tough times. I owe a debt of gratitude to you all. this is often Iltija signing off. May Allah protect you.”

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Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister J&K to whom this twitter handle belongs has been detained since 5th August 2019 without access to the account. This handle is now operated alone, Iltija’s daughter of Ms. Mufti with due authorization.

— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) September 20, 2019

Welcoming the discharge of Mehbooba, Omar Abdullah said, “I’m pleased to concentrate thereto @MehboobaMuftiSahiba has been released after quite a year in detention. Her continued detention was a travesty & was against the essential tenets of democracy. Welcome out Mehbooba.”

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I’m pleased to concentrate thereto @MehboobaMufti Sahiba has been released after quite a year in detention. Her continued detention was a travesty & was against the essential tenets of democracy. Welcome out Mehbooba.

— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 13, 2020

Earlier in July, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had extended her detention by three months under the overall public Safety Act (PSA).

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Mehboobai’s release came a fortnight after the Supreme Court asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration if the previous chief minister’s detention under the PSA are often extended beyond a year and, if so, “how long do I propose to extend it”. The bench had fixed the next date of hearing on Thursday (October 15).

Mehbooba was arrested alongside other leaders hours before the Centre bifurcating the state into two union territories and abrogating Article 370.

She was first detained under Sections 107 and 151 of CrPC but later booked under the controversial Public Safety Act.

Initially, Mehbooba was lodged at Cheshma Shahi guest house then shifted to a special government guest house at M A Link Road here.

The PDP president was then taken to her residence where she remained under confinement.

Mehbooba’s daughter, Iltija, had challenged her detention within the Supreme Court, which last heard the case on Michaelmas. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers and National Conference leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah were released in March after over seven months in detention.

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