“How’s Mehbooba Mufti Risk To Security?”: P Chidambaram On Centre’s Transfer

We should collectively elevate 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 below the stringent Public Security Act (PSA) for 3 extra months. This may make the period 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 below PSA is an abuse of legislation and an assault on the Constitutional rights assured to each citizen. How is the 61 yr previous former chief minister, a protected individual below safety guard around the clock, a risk to public security?” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.

“She rightly rejected the supply 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 celebration’s flag – was laughable,” the Congress chief tweeted.

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

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

“Why ought to she undertake to not converse towards the abrogation of Artwork 370? Is it not a part of the suitable 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 towards Artwork 370 – as I have to – is {that a} risk to public security? We should collectively elevate our voices and demand ‘free Mehbooba Mufti instantly’,” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.

Underneath 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 known as PSA a “lawless legislation”.

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 known as the extension of Ms Mufti’s extension “unbelievably merciless and retrograde”.

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