'How's Mehbooba Mufti Threat To Safety?': P Chidambaram On Centre's Move

We should collectively increase our voices and demand ‘free Mehbooba Mufti instantly’: P Chidambaram

New Delhi:

Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram has criticised the centre for extending the detention of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti beneath the stringent Public Security Act (PSA) for 3 extra months. This could make the length of her detention longer than a yr; she was detained for the primary time on August 5 final yr, the day the centre scrapped particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Union Territories.

“The extension of the detention of Ms Mehbooba Mufti beneath PSA is an abuse of regulation and an assault on the Constitutional rights assured to each citizen. How is the 61 yr outdated former chief minister, a protected particular person beneath safety guard around the clock, a risk to public security?” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.

“She rightly rejected the provide to launch her on situations which any self-respecting political chief would refuse. One of many causes given for her detention – the color of her get together’s flag – was laughable,” the Congress chief tweeted.

The transfer to increase Ms Mufti’s detention beneath the PSA got here on a day when Individuals’s Convention chief Sajad Lone was launched from detention simply 5 days wanting a yr since he was detained over protest in opposition to the centre’s transfer on Jammu and Kashmir.

Ms Mufti was first charged beneath the Public Security Act six months in the past, and that is the third time that she could be charged. The costs in opposition to her within the present part are expiring on August 5.

“Why ought to she undertake to not converse in opposition to the abrogation of Artwork 370? Is it not a part of the correct to free speech? I’m one of many Counsel showing in a case within the SC difficult the abrogation of Artwork 370. If I converse in opposition to Artwork 370 – as I need to – is {that a} risk to public security? We should collectively increase our voices and demand ‘free Mehbooba Mufti instantly’,” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.

Beneath the Public Security Act or PSA, an individual might be detained a number of instances with none trial. The rights activism group Amnesty Worldwide has referred to as PSA a “lawless regulation”.

Omar Abdullah, who was launched from detention within the final week of March, simply hours earlier than Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the coronavirus lockdown, had referred to as the extension of Ms Mufti’s extension “unbelievably merciless and retrograde”.

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