Public Safety Act Likely Against Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti: Sources

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest for the last six months, are likely to be charged under the Public Safety Act – a stringent law that allows detention without trial for up to two years

Requesting not to be named, a senior police officer told that a District Magistrate will sign detention warrants against Mr Abdullah and Ms Mufti. Under the charges brought against the two leaders, they can be jailed for three months without trial.

Omar Abdullah’s father, Farooq Abdullah was charged under the same law last September and has been under house arrest since August as well. The 83-year-old politician was charged with “disturbing public order” under the law, which means shorter detention of three months.

Hundreds of politicians including the Abdullahs and Mehbooba Mufti were detained or arrested in August as part of the centre’s massive clampdown after its decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the constitution and split it into two union territories.