Farooq Abdullah's detention extended by three months under Public Safety Act; ex-Jammu and Kashmir CM to remain at residence, say officials

The case of Farooq Abdullah, also a five-term parliamentarian, was reviewed by the advisory board of the Home Department of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which recommended extension of his detention under the PSA, they said.

Press Trust of India December 14, 2019 17:06:22 IST
Farooq Abdullah's detention extended by three months under Public Safety Act; ex-Jammu and Kashmir CM to remain at residence, say officials
  • The detention of Farooq Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended by three months

  • Abdullah was among a host of leaders and activists who were detained on 5 August when the Centre abrogated Article 370

  • An emotional Abdullah had told the media on 6 August that he was pained at the Centre's decision on Article 370.

Srinagar: The detention of Farooq Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three months and he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail, officials said.

Farooq Abdullahs detention extended by three months under Public Safety Act exJammu and Kashmir CM to remain at residence say officials

File image of Farooq Abdullah. ANI

The case of Abdullah, also a five-term parliamentarian, was reviewed by the advisory board of the Home Department of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which recommended extension of his detention under the PSA, they said.

His house, located at Gupkar Road, has been declared a sub-jail by the the Union Territory's Home Department.

The 82-year-old Abdullah, who became the first chief minister against whom the stringent public safety law was invoked, has a heart pacemaker implanted and had undergone a kidney transplant a few years ago.

Abdullah was among a host of leaders and activists who were detained on 5 August when the Centre abrogated Article 370 and divided the ertwhile state into two union territories:  Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

The PSA has two sections: 'public order' and 'threat to security of the State'. The former allows detention without trial for three to one year and the latter for two years.

The PSA is applicable only in Jammu and Kashmir. Elsewhere in the country, the equivalent law is the National Security Act (NSA).

Besides Abdullah, his son and former chief minister Omar and ex-chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, several other leaders have also been under detention since 5 August.

An emotional Abdullah had told the media on 6 August that he was pained at the Centre's decision on Article 370.

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